Development Enabled


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

Disability inclusion starts with a village

Disability inclusion starts with a village


By Jenny Lei Ravelo

A grassroots program that started in a few villages in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta district is now growing and gaining government attention. But with the expansion come new challenges.

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In India, first-aid training for bystanders attempts to fill gap in emergency care

In India, first-aid training for bystanders attempts to fill gap in emergency care


By Martin Bader

Road traffic accidents are the number one cause for death and disability of people between 15-45 years in India. Devex examines the impact of a first-aid training program on chance of recovery, as well as the importance of inclusive access to health care, and improved rehabilitation services.

Opinion: Planning for disability-inclusive education

Opinion: Planning for disability-inclusive education


By Suzanne Grant Lewis

Children with disabilities are one of the most excluded groups from education. UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning explains why planning for their inclusion in mainstream education is a global imperative with benefits for all.

On Message: Are your communications disability-inclusive?

On Message: Are your communications disability-inclusive?


By Carine Umuhumuza

Devex speaks to communications professionals within the disability space on how to foster inclusive communications within your organization.

Building the case for a disability-inclusive justice system

Building the case for a disability-inclusive justice system


By Jenny Lei Ravelo

In Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, one district court is hoping to serve as a model of inclusion for people with disabilities in Indonesia.

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Q&A: Disability inclusion in Australian aid

Q&A: Disability inclusion in Australian aid


By Lisa Cornish

Cate Rogers, assistant secretary of the Development Policy and Education branch within Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sits down with Devex to discuss lessons from the Australian aid program’s disability-inclusive strategy.

Opinion: Principles to practice in disability inclusive development

Opinion: Principles to practice in disability inclusive development


By Briana Wilson, Julie Smith

Many development actors still lack the knowledge or experience to implement programs that effectively include people with a disability in low- or middle-income countries. CBM shares its key lessons on how to take “leave no one behind” from principles into practice.

Life in the shadows: Living with disabilities in a conflict zone

Life in the shadows: Living with disabilities in a conflict zone


By Sam Mednick

There’s a wide gap to bridge to make disabilities more mainstream in humanitarian response, especially for people living in fragile settings. Devex reports from South Sudan.

Opinion: Enabling the SDGs through disability inclusion

Opinion: Enabling the SDGs through disability inclusion


By Amina J. Mohammed

This year, the world will undertake its first cycle of review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Opinion: 2019 — the year we leave no one behind?

Opinion: 2019 — the year we leave no one behind?


By Vladimir Cuk, Dominic Haslam

Sightsavers and the International Disability Alliance explain why U.N. meetings in 2019 need to commit the international community to including persons with disabilities in development policy, planning, and implementation.

Opinion: People with disabilities are the experts in disability-inclusive development

Opinion: People with disabilities are the experts in disability-inclusive development


By Alexandra Kay

With the right levels of support, people with disabilities make highly effective development workers. Many people with disabilities possess attributes that are actively sought in the sector.

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.

Opinion: 800 million reasons why disability is a key development issue

Opinion: 800 million reasons why disability is a key development issue


By Kristalina Georgieva

At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, the issue of global inequality was a regular feature. How, delegates asked, can we address the yawning gaps in wealth and opportunity between the top 1 percent of the world’s population and those at the bottom of the pile?

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of disability inclusion in Australian aid?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of disability inclusion in Australian aid?


By Lisa Cornish

Developing a disability-inclusive aid program works best when it starts small, is scaled over time, is inclusive of one or more organizations working with people with disabilities, and seeks to be innovative.

Top employers working on disability inclusivity

Top employers working on disability inclusivity


By Lottie Watters

The majority of people living with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries, often in difficult circumstances due to the lack of adequate services and opportunities.

From CSR into HR: Disability inclusion in the workplace

From CSR into HR: Disability inclusion in the workplace


By Rebecca Root

Stigma and misconception can mean that people living with disabilities are often overlooked for positions.

Disability inclusive health care has mountains to climb

Disability inclusive health care has mountains to climb


By Kelli Rogers

In Nepal, physiotherapy services in remote regions provide a glimpse at a more inclusive future for the post-quake country.

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Q&A: A 'twin-track' approach to disability-inclusive disaster preparedness

Q&A: A 'twin-track' approach to disability-inclusive disaster preparedness


By Kelli Rogers

Small environmental hazards can quickly become disasters for people with disabilities, yet these individuals are far more likely to be excluded from long-term disaster planning and response

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.

Opinion: The private sector's role in supporting a disability-inclusive world

Opinion: The private sector's role in supporting a disability-inclusive world


By Kovin Naidoo

When we think of disability and its impact on individuals and the world, it’s easy to think of it in isolation. We don’t necessarily consider creating an inclusive society as something which requires all of us to play our part.

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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.

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.

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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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