International Development Agency Policies

Bilateral and multilateral international development agencies are key in enabling international development activities around the world, whether through coordinating the activities themselves or funding others to implement projects on their behalf. Their internal policies, guidance notes, and other key strategic planning and framework documents can impact whether people with disabilities are effectively included in the international development projects these agencies support or coordinate.

Being familiar with policies at international development agencies can help advocates decide what policy changes to advocate for, how to monitor the implementation of these policies, and how to advocate for improved inclusion in the field. Governments and civil society organizations also can review these policies as one part of a wider examination of how well bilateral and multilateral agencies are implementing Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which calls upon international development programs to be accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities.

For the convenience of advocates around the world, USICD has collected policies from more than 20 bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. In addition to policies, strategic plans and frameworks, and guidance notes, some reports and flagship publications have also been included here. Please note that we cannot guarantee that each website or document they have made available is fully accessible. Also, please keep in mind that an agency might share a policy document internally among its own staff without posting it on the web.