USICD Executive Director Conducts Training in Mexico

Mexico CONFE Training Participants

Training Participants in Mexico City

USICD's Executive Director, David Morrissey, traveled to Mexico on March 1st as a member of the RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities consortium. Mr. Morrissey presented on the topic of "Coalition Building" to COAMEX, CONFE, and other disability organizations working to strengthen communities through disability rights implementation. Visit the Global Disability Rights Now website to learn more about the project and our important work in Mexico.

USICD Joins Global Call to Action for Disability Inclusion

USICD has joined various other international organizations in endorsing a global call for all agencies planning and implementing international development and humanitarian projects to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in everything they do. 
The coalition of organizations behind the call to actionThe title in green says Global Call to Action for Disability Inclusion dated Dec 2016 The picture shows an image of various men and women seated and interacting with each other with smiles acknowledge there has been significant progress, in part due to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the inclusion of people with disabilities in some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But they also note that people with disabilities are still being excluded from many significant initiatives meant to reduce poverty levels, improve education access for all children, or provide humanitarian relief around the world.

USICD's Triple I Initiative

Invest in Inclusion Internationally!!

Disability Advocates Attending a Senate Hearing

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 theLine drawing of a globe next to the words World Bank Groupnational 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.