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Author writes extensive analysis of the role disabled people's organizations can play in promoting development

This article written by author Giampiero Griffo discusses how disabled people's organizations can help promote economic and human development.    

Building an Inclusive Development Community: A Manual on Including People with Disabilities in International Development Programs

Mobility International's manual is a toolkit for development agencies and others concerned with the inclusion of people with disabilities at all levels and in all areas of the international development process. It includes expert opinion, techniques and guidelines, resource lists, and examples of best practices from around the world.

Development and Poverty Reduction Resources for Grassroots Advocates

This sub-page within the Disability Rights Fund website points readers to a range of resources on international development and poverty reduction targeted at grassroots advocates.

Disabilities: Insights from across Fields and around the World

In these three volumes, experts from around the world spotlight the latest research on physical and psychological disabilities, as well as the social, legal, and political issues that come to bear on those people affected. These authors teach us about social actions that have advanced human rights for people with disabilities in countries around the world.  Yet, we learn that in these same countries, discriminatory actions against people with disabilities continue to occur. The impact of different cultural beliefs about disability are explored and these beliefs are juxtaposed against legislative responses.  In all three volumes, people with disabilities share their personal narratives about events they have faced in society. They provide rich examples of how culture, social interactions and legislation can impact on people.  Volume Two includes a chapter by USICD Executive Director David Morrissey, "Voices of PWD in Vietnam." 


Disability and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

This resource from the International Disability and Development Consortium conveys how the MDGs are an important set of goals agreed upon by key leaders and heads of state from around the world. These include reducing poverty and hunger rates by half; putting all children in primary school; reducing child and maternal mortality; and fighting AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. None of these goals can be met without the inclusion of people with disabilities, and all have enormous implications for them—yet, people with disabilities are not mentioned in any of the MDGs. This website shares more information about the MDGs and how each of them relates closely to disability issues.

Disability In and Around Urban Areas of Sierra Leone (PDF format, 230 Kb)

A comprehensive study by Leonard Chesire Disability.  The country is still rebuilding after a decade of civil war.  It has recently ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Disability Knowledge and Research (KaR) Programme website

Provides reports and publications related to people with disabilities and poverty in developing countries, based on research conducted by the Disability Knowledge and Research (KaR) Programme. Includes research on topics such as education; conflict situations; poverty; policy and legislation; education; sexuality.

Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD)

The GPDD was formed to increase collaboration among development agencies and organizations to reduce poverty among people with disabilities in developing countries.

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

IDDC promotes the rights of people with disabilities through collaboration and the exchange of information. Has links to publications on a range of topics related to disability and development and key topics such as HIV/AIDS. Click on “disability and development topics.”

Making Inclusion Operational

Legal and Institutional Resources for World Bank Staff on the Inclusion of Disability Issues in Investment Projects

Making It Work (MIW) Initiative

The purpose of Handicap International's Making It Work Initiative is to inspire practitioners, policy makers and advocates in their effective implementation of the CRPD by collecting and exchanging examples of good practices and advocating for good policies that are in line with the CRPD. 

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) International Development and Disability program

MIUSA’s International Development and Disability program acts as a bridge between the disability community and international development community to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities as leaders and participants in development.

Mobility International USA Free Resources

Mobility International lists links to various free resources that can help mainstream international development agencies become more inclusive of people with disabilities in their programs and activities.

On-line Handbook on Making Poverty Reduction Strategies Inclusive

Handicap International offers suggestions on how national Poverty Reduction Strategies can include people with disabilities. Also provides background information, links, resources, and tools on issues relevant to Poverty Reduction Strategies; disability and project and process management; and advocacy and lobbying.

Responsible Treatment of Clients: Practicing Non-discrimination

This tool provides financial service providers with insight into the difference between client targeting and harmful discrimination and illuminates examples of common forms of discrimination. Finally, the tool provides financial service providers with seven action steps to correct and prevent discrimination.

Statement by International Disability Alliance on Millennium Development Goals

The International Disability Alliance made this one-page statement on the Millennium Development Goals as a contribution to the United Nation's “Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector" 14-15 June 2010.

The 1st edition of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network's Newsletter

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s Newsline is designed to keep you up-to-date with Network activities and disability news across the globe.

Toolkit for Long Term Recovery: Haiti Reconstruction for All

The toolkit for Long Term Recovery "Haiti: Reconstruction for All" elaborated by the Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD) Working Group on Haiti Reconstruction is now available online.  The GPDD and allies are working together to raise awareness and contribute with useful information and tools in order to ensure that reconstruction efforts after Haiti earthquake involve people with disabilities during all stages and that all rebuilt and newly built infrastructure as well as medical, economic, educational and socio-economic services systems are fully accessible to and usable by people with disabilities .

UNDP Disability Course Demonstration Site

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided this sample demonstration of their full online training.  UNDP has made the full version of the training available to organizations on a cost-recovery basis.  Address inquiries to: Geraldine Glassman, email:  212-906-5281

WHO's World Report on Disability

Judy Heumann sits in her wheelchair in fron of a screen that says one millionWHO's World Report on Disability

Published by the World Health Organization in 2011, this extensive resource not only gives the statistics on disability in the world (it ls believed that at least 1,000,000,000 people or 15% of the worlds population have disabilities), but also best practices on solutions to world disability challenges.

Who’s Who in Disability and Development

The World Bank offers an extensive list of links to mainstream organizations in the international development community. Many of these organizations include a focus on disability as one part of their activities. The list includes multi-lateral donors (development banks); bi-lateral donors (government agencies devoted to development); foundations; bibliographic sources; and more.

World Deaf Information Resource Project

A new initiative enables users to find deaf organizations and schools in 149 countries around the world. Launched by the Gallaudet University Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) in October 2009, the World Deaf Information Resource Project provides contact information for hundreds of international-, national-, and local-level organizations and schools globally. The website also links to on-line reports about the human rights conditions and living situation of deaf people around the world and other information resources for deaf individuals and organizations.

World Institute on Disability (WID)

Founded by leaders in the independent living movement, WID works to strengthen the disability movement through research, training, advocacy and public education. Has some publications and other web content on international development.

“As if We Weren’t Human” - Discrimination and Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Uganda

This 73-page report describes frequent abuse and discrimination by strangers, neighbors, and even family members against women and girls with disabilities in the north. Women interviewed for the report said they were not able to get basic provisions such as food, clothing, and shelter in camps for displaced persons or in their own communities.

USAID Resources

Fifth Report on the Implementation of the USAID Disability Policy

The Fifth Report on the Implementation of USAID Disability Policy describes USAID missions' redoubled efforts to integrate people with disabilities into their programs and to develop more specific programs that promote equality for and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Fourth Report on the Implementation of the USAID Disability Policy

The fourth report on the implementation of USAID’s disability policy describes a surge in progress in disability-related efforts from 2003-2005.  It also recommends steps the organization will take moving forward. 

Second Report on the Implementation of the USAID Disability Policy

USAID's second report addresses the increasing number of Agency activities that address the needs of people with disabilities, as well as reveals the challenges the agency faces in meeting its goals. 

Third Report on the Implementation of the USAID Disability Policy

USAID's 2003 report on progress toward implementing the 1997 policy to include people with disabilities in development work. 

USAID disability policy

This disability policy paper for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was released in 1997. Describes USAID’s policy for addressing disability issues in development. Ten pages. (PDF format, 36 KB)