Today the International Development Select Committee has released its Report on Disability and Development. ADD International has been involved at every stage, including giving oral and written evidence to the Committee.
And we're delighted about the results.
The report recognises the UK Government’s recent steps towards more inclusive aid programmes, but also calls for stronger, more systematic action focus on the rights of disabled people.
The recommendations coming out from the report?
- To produce a disability strategy with clear targets and timescales - and to put in place a larger team to work on the delivery of this strategy;
- To create strong reporting processes to ensure accountability.
ADD's Director of Policy and Influencing, Mosharraf Hossain, highlights why this is so important for our work:
"We know that development can and should include disabled people on equal terms, but there is a long way still to go. The report shows that the UK Department for International Development spends only 5% of its bilateral funding on programmes designed to support disabled people, despite disabled people making up 15% of the global population.
"We strongly believe that DFID will act as a world leader if it takes these recommendations on board. Of course, we'll support the Department in any way we can to take this work forward."
Tim Wainwright, Co-chair of Bond and Chief Executive of ADD, added:
"We have experience of supporting disabled people across the globe and we know that conventional aid and development isn't always accessible to disabled people.
For too long disability has been overlooked in the UK's and other countries' international aid and humanitarian efforts.
Today we are calling on DFID to take on board the committee's recommendations and finally specifically address the needs of disabled people."
Download the FULL REPORT
IDC press release
Bond's Press Release
ADD International's press release