Links to Organizations

Civil Society Network (United Nations)

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) launched a knowledge-based, open networking platform called CSO Net - the Civil Society Network. This network facilitates interaction among civil society groups worldwide, Member States and UN system agencies.

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)

DRPI is a collaborative project working to establish a monitoring system to address disability discrimination globally. Their website offers materials that can help readers learn how the UN Human Rights system works, and links to resources and publications on DRPI initiatives and other disability rights initiatives generally.

Disability Section of Website for Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

This web site links to various human rights treaties that touch upon disability issues. Also leads to information about various committees that monitor how well human rights are implemented and what is being done to ensure that disability issues are integrated into OHCHR activities.

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI)

DPI is a network of national organizations or assemblies that promote the human rights of people with disabilities and promote their economic and social integration. Has a collection of on-line publications, articles, and reports related to people with disabilities around the world.

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.

Humanity & Inclusion

Co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Humanity & Inclusion is a 36-year-old independent and impartial organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. They work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights

Promotes respect for human rights through the use of law; provides legal expertise to lawyers, judges, and human rights defenders. Includes a strategic litigation focus on disability as one part of their work. Their website offers a legal resource library and a database of international laws.

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

IDA acts as a spokesperson for the international disability movement in global policy matters and facilitates co-operation and informational exchange among international disability organizations. It is formed from a network representing Disabled Peoples’ International, Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Rehabilitation International, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the Deafblind, and World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry.

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 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.

Rehabilitation International

Rehabilitation International is a global network of people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, government agencies, and advocates who promote and implement the rights, inclusion, and rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Has more than 700 member organizations in nearly 100 countries.

United Nations (UN) Enable

The official website on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Link to the full text of the Convention and Optional Protocol in multiple languages; find out whether your country has signed or ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol; or learn about disability throughout the UN system.

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.

Women Enabled International, Inc.

Women Enabled International (WEI) advocates for the rights of women and girls with disabilities in collaboration with women’s and women with disabilities rights organizations worldwide.  WEI focuses on human rights programming and training in developing and post-conflict countries, and consulting services for inclusion of disabled women and girls in international policy and development.  WEI prepares recommendations for UN treaty bodies as they draft General Comments and country reviews.

World Bank Disability Website

This webpage provides access to the World Bank's disability-specific knowledge products and initiatives.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International works to defend human rights around the world. Offers an extensive library of documents related to human rights, including many of its own reports on the status of human rights in many different countries. Includes some information related to people with disabilities; try relevant key-word searches such as “disabilities”; “deaf”; etc.

Disability Rights International

DRI promotes the human rights of people with disabilities. Their website offers extensive documentation of human rights violations against children and adults with disabilities in institutions around the world, as well as content promoting an end to the institutionalization of children everywhere.