USICD Releases White Paper on International Development Disability Policy & Practice

July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018

United States International Council on Disabilities



Contact: Isabel Hodge, Executive Director

Telephone: (202) 495-7712




Review of Disability Inclusion in

International Development Agency Policy Documents

Bilateral and multilateral agencies are powerful stakeholders in the international development field. They are responsible for driving projects that do everything from improving education and health outcomes in developing countries, to strengthening public participation in democratic processes, to boosting gender equality in employment. Although some of these projects include persons with disabilities among their beneficiaries, others exclude them. And often their exclusion begins in the policies meant to guide staff at international development agencies on how they should carry out their activities.

A newly released White Paper from the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), International Development: Disability Policy & Practice reviews and assesses disability inclusion in the policies of selected bilateral and multilateral agencies. Although 63 percent of the agencies reviewed integrated some mention of disability as a cross-cutting issue in a policy, strategic plan, or framework, the quality of this discussion varied drastically. Overall, the review finds signs of progress toward more disability inclusive policies at some agencies, and also many missed opportunities for integrating disability into existing policies and better aligning them with the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

This White Paper is a companion for USICD’s recent White paper, Stakeholders’ Understanding and Monitoring of the Implementation of CRPD Article 32. This pair of White Papers both join other resources and tools that USICD has provided to the global disability rights and international development communities. Visit the Resource section of USICD’s website to find all White Papers from USICD, a collection of disability-focused and disability-inclusive policies across bilateral and multilateral international development agencies, and consolidated disability finding in the U.S. Department of State annual country-by-country human rights reports.

The United States International Council on Disabilities is a 501 (c)3 non-profit that works to promote the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and United States foreign affairs.

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