Disability, poverty and development

Disability, poverty and development

Incorporating the rights and needs of people with disabilities into the mainstream of poverty reduction

Assesses the significance of disability as a key development issue, and its importance in relation to poverty, human rights, and the achievement of internationally agreed development targets. It also sets out ways in which development co-operation, including DFID’s own work, can help incorporate the rights and needs of people with disabilities into the mainstream of poverty reduction work and the achievement of human rights.

Areas for action in development co-operation include:

  • a twin-track approach to disability, addressing inequalities between disabled and non-disabled persons in all strategic areas of DFID work as well as supporting specific initiatives to enhance the empowerment of people with disabilities
  • governments and the international community showing their support for people with diabilities via the following areas of action (as described in the report): policy; economic, social and human development; inclusive education; infrastrucure; conflict and humanitarian assistance; empowerment; media and communications; filling gaps in knowledge; measuring progress

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