USICD Joins Global Call to Action for Disability Inclusion
USICD Celebrates Congressional Leaders at Gala!
USICD celebrated the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 1 December 2016, at our third annual Gala reception, hosted at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. At the reception, we honored leaders who have been crucial players in the global disability rights movement. The Dole-Harkin Award went to Senator Al Franken and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The International Advocate Award went to Silvia Quan. Please read the bios of our honorees.
USICD's Triple I Initiative
Invest in Inclusion Internationally!!
USICD's Triple I initiative is focused on appropriations to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for disability inclusion.
USICD needs your help in convincing 27 members of Congress from 22 states to adequately fund and staff the USAID's Disability Coordinator position and office, and also the U.S. Department of State's Office of the International Disability Rights Advisor. These members of Congress serve on either the Senate or House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.
Please visit our Triple I Initiative page to learn more.
USICD Submits Feedback on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework
USICD recently submitted feedback to the World Bank on their second draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). This framework is used as a tool to protect poor people and the environment in World Bank investment projects. The World Bank, which is supported with funds from more than 100 country governments, provides funding to a wide range of projects in developing countries meant to alleviate poverty, improve thenational economy, enable farmers and private sector businesses to access international markets, increase access to education and basic healthcare, and other needs.
The ESF, also called "safeguards", are meant to ensure that investment projects do not inadvertently cause harm to poor people or to the environment. USICD's feedback requested stronger language protecting the needs of people with disabilities.
Learn more about the consultation process for the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework.
Review feedback on the second draft World Bank ESF submitted by other organizations.
Read USICD's feedback.