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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.    

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.

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.

Globally Comparable Data on Disability Policies

Find data and fact sheets comparing disability-related policies from around the world. These particularly focus on the rights of people with disabilities under the constitution of their country, access to disability inclusive education, access to income support, and access to family health needs.

Inclusion of Disability in USAID Solicitations for Funding

Unless the inclusion of people with disabilities is specifically outlined in funding solicitations from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), this key population is largely left out when projects are implemented. This report summarizes the results of a review of 85 USAID funding solicitations.

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.

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.

The Movement to Include People with Disabilities in a Human Rights Framework

The Movement to Include People with Disabilities in a Human Rights Framework, written by Julia Wolhandler, looks at the history of the implementation of the CRPD and its importance on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the international human rights framework.

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: geraldine.glassman@undp.org  212-906-5281

USICD Around the World

USICD serves as both a technical resource and a relationship builder to people with disabilities for NGO, government and corporate partners. Its mission is to promote the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and United States foreign affairs. USICD has engaged in a range of initiatives meant to promote and enable greater disability inclusion in foreign assistance and international development programs abroad, as well as engaging in its own international projects.

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.

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 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.

Inclusion of Disability in USAID Solicitations for Funding

Unless the inclusion of people with disabilities is specifically outlined in funding solicitations from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), this key population is largely left out when projects are implemented. This report summarizes the results of a review of 85 USAID funding solicitations.