Reports, resources

publications and more

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About our work.

Three publications that give in-depth information about our work.

Impact Report

Sent twice a year to our wonderful supporters. Full of interesting news, updates on our project, interviews to people in the field and more. Read the latest Impact Reports

Annual Reports

We know how much it takes to make a donation to a charity. These reports are a detailed account of how we spend the money that is given to us, and how we progress.

Strategy documents

Our strategy documents are at the core of everything we do and set out our plans in the years to come. Learn about our strategy and Theory of Change.

Our Capacity Building approach.

In 2016 we commissioned an independent learning review of our Capacity Building model. The review focused on our experience in Cambodia and Bangladesh, and was carried out by Anne Garbutt of INTRAC and Brenda Lipson of Framework, two leading consultancy organisations specialising in capacity building. The review confirmed that our approach is working as we thought, that it is effective, and that it contributes to positive change in line with our Theory of Change.

Capacity building learning paper.

Our Gender approach.

Promoting gender equality is a core priority of ADD’s work. In line with our rights based approach, we recognise that everyone is equal in individual value and rights and that specific actions are needed to ensure gender equity and equality of opportunity. We work with organisations which share this approach, and we support our partner DPOs to recognise and address barriers to gender equity in their work.

Our Gender Approach Paper

Policy papers & recommendations.

ADD International is an active player in influencing policies worldwide. We are helping to produce disability and development policies and recommendations on why, and how, to make development more disability inclusive.

How to mainstream disability into development work.

Disability is present in all communities; it cuts across all economic classes, affects people of all ages and gender, and with a steadily increasing proportion of older people and those with long-term health conditions living in developing countries the impact of disability on development is likely to become more significant.

The importance of disability inclusive development is growing. Development organisations therefore need to be planning how they will ensure their programmes are increasingly inclusive of disabled people. Read our report into how you can mainstream disability into your development work. 

See our Guidelines on mainstreaming disability

Gender Based Violence

ADD International’s work over the years with disabled women has resulted in an increased focus on the intersectional discrimination of gender and disability. In 2016 we commissioned a review of our gender based violence work. We wanted to identify what has worked and not worked to ensure learning is fed back into practice.

Gender based violence review

Evidencing the scale of the problem. Women with diverse disabilities researched and collected a sample of thirty short life stories from other women and girls with disabilities, and analysed these stories to explore their core themes in relation to their own lived experience.

GBV Research Tanzania.

Inclusive Education

In Tanzania we work with disability activists to deliver a rights-based response to inclusive education. Together, we have helped enrol 808 children and train 708 teachers in inclusive methods. To review the impact of this work we undertook a ground breaking research project.

To our knowledge, this was the first time in Africa, children with disabilities conducted peer led research to tell us how we are doing - what is working and what more needs to be done. This paper outlines the lessons they want to teach us and how we can build a collective path forward so that no child is left behind.

Child Researchers: Inclusive Education Tanzania 

Voices of the Marginalised

A collection of perspectives of marginalised people. These reports shares the real-life stories of people with disabilities, older people and people with mental health issues in Bangladesh and Tanzania. The methodology chosen was a community-based participatory approach: in other words, people with disabilities and older people were asked to become researchers themselves, and were trained to collect and analyse stories from peers in rural and urban areas. 

Voices of the Marginalised

Can markets work for people living in extreme poverty?

Markets can’t solve inequality alone. However, if we are really committed to the ‘leave no one behind’ agenda then markets have a critical role to play in making sure the most marginalised people are given opportunities and they must work harder to reach those left behind.

New research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, that included a 9-month study of how market-based approaches can work for the most marginalised – specifically disabled women in Uganda – identifies four key enabling factors that need to be put in place. 

Leave no one behind

Sustainable Development Goals

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years, until 2030.

The SDGs follow, and expand on, the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2000, and are due to expire at the end of this year. The new goals, specifically mention disability in a number of indicators.

Read the Guardian's Interactive Guide on the 17 SDGs or this short guide on what they are, how they were agreed and why they are important.

Global reports and guides on disability
& related issues.


  • World report on Disability (2011). A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to this study, about 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability
  • Disability inclusion (2015). A guide which summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response.

Education & children

Gender issues

Mental health

Disability, poverty & development 

Older people

  • Humanitarian Financing for Older People (2010). A study by Help Age International, which found a significant disparity between the needs of older people as a vulnerable group and the humanitarian assistance funded to meet that need. 


Global policy frameworks

There are two key pieces of global policy relating to disability.

1. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

In a perfect world, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, would be enough to protect everyone. But in practice certain minority groups have fared far worse than other groups. International conventions, such as the CRPD, are in place to protect and promote the human rights of these groups. By ratifying a convention a country accepts its legal obligations under the treaty and will adopt implementing legislation.

The UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a major step toward changing the perception of disability and ensuring that disabled people are given equal opportunities in society. Read more about here and here.

The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

This historic document lays out the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to mobilise global efforts to end poverty, foster peace, safeguard the rights and dignity of all people, and protect the planet. 

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Recently, in Sendai Japan, at the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, key international disability groups lobbied to ensure greater recognition of the issues that PWDs face in disasters. As a result, disability was, for the first time, included in a global disaster framework: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Paris Agreement for Climate Change

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development

This historical agreement provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda adopted by world leaders.



Members of Cambodian disabled people's organisation

About ADD International

For the world's forgotten minority. Our aim is to achieve positive and lasting change in the lives of disabled people, especially those living in poverty.

The global disability crisis

Child sitting in front of his hut in Tanzania

The cycle of Poverty & Disability

Children learning how to speak in Signs with ADD's support officer

Putting disability on the spotlight