As leaders of governments, businesses and INGOs gather for Davos this week, foremost on their agenda should be how to reach the 800 million people trapped in extreme poverty and living on less than $1.90 a day. Many of these people are highly marginalized due to their gender, disability, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, sexuality, caste or geographic isolation. As well as being a great injustice, this represents a huge pool of unrealised human potential.
We would love to invite you to join us on Sunday 4 September, at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, to take part in Parallel London, the first ever fully inclusive sponsored run/push/walk event in the world. Tim, our chief executive, will also be taking part with his family.
Khartoum, capital of Sudan, finally witnessed the birth of a Cross Disability Federation, a body that gather all people with disabilities living in Khartoum. Our colleague Mozaffar has interviewed the president of this new organisation to find out more, Mr. Abdallah Hassan Awad.
Uganda and other countries have volunteered to be scrutinised at the United Nations, to check whether they are ready to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the overarching principle of 'leave no one behind'. How is Uganda doing? Here's what civil society thinks.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention. On 15 June, nine new representitves were elected. We congratulate them and we're sure they'll do a great job in monitoring the implementation of the Convention. Unfortunately, out of 18 members, only one is a woman.
ADD International was officially born as Action on Disability and Development in 1986. At the time, the founder, Chris Underhill, was told "it will fail". Thirty years on, ADD International is still around. We operate in Africa and Asia supporting disability activist and helping to build effective movements for change.
Polly Meeks from ADD International and her colleague Dr Marion Steff from Sightsavers, discuss why the implementation of the Sustainble Development Goals must include the excluded. And how.
ADD International is very happy to be co-sponsoring this side-event at the Commission for Social Development at the UN, on 4 February. The event highlights the importance of civil society – and in particular persons with disabilities, and other marginalised groups such as older people – in implementing the SDGs’ commitment to leave no one behind.
ADD International, IDS and the Coady Institute are working together on a project with the Rockefeller Foundation to better understand which types of market systems support the positive participation of extremely poor or highly marginalised groups in income generating activities.
But we need your help. If you work for an organisation that provides market-based solutions for people living in poverty, please fill out the questionnaire below! Deadline: 22 January 2016.
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