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The majority of people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries, where difficulties are often exacerbated by inadequate opportunities and services. This, coupled with social exclusion and discrimination, makes it a cross-cutting development issue. Devex and partners are launching a global conversation, looking beyond immediate health implications, to examine how barriers can be overcome and how people with disabilities can inform and drive inclusion efforts — to support a disability-inclusive world. (Press Ctrl + U or click the icon on the right for accessibility options)

Creating a disability-inclusive world

How to chart a new path for disability-inclusive development

How to chart a new path for disability-inclusive development


By Helen Castell

While 15 percent of the world’s population lives with a disability, prevalence is even higher in low- and middle-income countries.

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A solution to inclusion?

A solution to inclusion?


By Rebecca Root and Naomi Mihara

In Ethiopia, sport is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities.

Deaf and hearing impaired Indians push for official sign language recognition

Deaf and hearing impaired Indians push for official sign language recognition


By Priti Salian

For 18 years, Anuj Jain lived a lonely life. Born to hearing parents, he and his three deaf sisters were unable to communicate with them or their hearing sister.

Supporting disability advocacy: Insights from Savina Nongebatu

Supporting disability advocacy: Insights from Savina Nongebatu


By Lisa Cornish

Savina Nongebatu has long been a vocal advocate for the rights of people living with disability in the Pacific. She was the president of People with Disabilities Solomon Islands for seven years until 2011, as well as the female co-chair for Pacific Disability Forum for two years.

In Ethiopia, a multipronged approach to tackle avoidable blindness

In Ethiopia, a multipronged approach to tackle avoidable blindness


By Sam Mednick

When Orbis' Danny Haddad visited Ethiopia in 1996, he found a lagging eye health industry and an alarming number of trachoma cases. The sight-saving NGO has spent the past 20 years treating infectious blindness and building a pool of eye health experts in the country.

For children with disabilities in Nigeria, educational opportunities remain scant

For children with disabilities in Nigeria, educational opportunities remain scant


By Shayera Dark

In Nigeria, which has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, discovering the percentage of those with learning disabilities is next to impossible. A handful of NGOs are seeking to fill the gap.

DFID launches its first disability inclusion strategy

DFID launches its first disability inclusion strategy


By Sophie Edwards

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development launched its first disability strategy Monday, which disability champions hailed as “ambitious” but in need of dedicated financing to implement.

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How disability inclusive is DFID?

How disability inclusive is DFID?


By Sophie Edwards

As the department continues to champion disability-inclusive development at a major summit in London this week, what changes has it made to improve representation among its own.

Disability mainstreaming 'will not work,' claims head of ICRC

Disability mainstreaming 'will not work,' claims head of ICRC


By Molly Anders

Yves Daccord, executive director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told Devex that the aid sector should be taking a broader approach to diversity and inclusion, rather than attempting to "mainstream" one marginalized group at a time.

Opinion: Disability-inclusive policies require disability-inclusive budgets

Opinion: Disability-inclusive policies require disability-inclusive budgets


By Polly Meeks, Alexandre Cote

At this week's first-ever Global Disability Summit in London, government signatories to the Charter for Change commit to "invest in" disability inclusion. Two experts evaluate such commitments.

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CBM International

CBM International

CBM International is an international Christian organisation working, with partners, to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Government of Australia. The department’s purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting, protecting Australia’s interests internationally, and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

Essilor

Essilor

Essilor is a world leader in ophthalmic optics and a key player in visual health. Their mission is to improve lives by improving sight.

International Disability Alliance

International Disability Alliance

The International Disability Alliance is an alliance of eight global and six regional organizations of persons with disabilities.

Scope Global

Scope Global

Scope Global delivers inclusive international development and education programs throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific that enable people to positively change their world.

Sightsavers

Sightsavers

Sightsavers is an international NGO working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change.