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Global disability framework will help make sure no one is left behind

December 4, 2014 11:00 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Baroness Northover has today launched the Disability Framework, which formally sets out how the UK will ensure that programmes and policies are inclusive of and accessible to people with disabilities.

Tackling discrimination against people with disabilities in developing countries will be a core part of the UK's fight against extreme poverty.

The Disability Framework is a culmination of work initiated by Lynne Featherstone in the Department for International Development (DFID), supported by Malcolm Bruce in his role as Chair of the International Development Committee.

Thanks to Liberal Democrats working together in the department and Parliament, the new framework will help provide support to some of the world's most vulnerable people.

It outlines the actions the Department for International Development will take over the next 12 months to support people with disabilities across the globe.

It will also form the foundations for future work in the area.

Key focuses of the framework are:

  • Building the capability of staff to understand the issues so they can drive change;

  • Strengthening disability inclusion across DFID's programme work, including humanitarian relief, water and sanitation facilities and preventing violence against women and girls with disabilities;

  • Improving the engagement and participation of people with disabilities in policy and programming, so that they are included in making decisions that affect their lives;

  • Influencing the organisations DFID funds to include people with disabilities more effectively in their work; and

  • Enhancing organisational capacity in terms of staffing numbers and senior leadership.

Baroness Northover said:

"One in seven people across the global has a disability. They are some of the poorest and most neglected in the world. Much more needs to be done by the international development community to give people with a disability equal access to education, employment, healthcare, social support and the justice system.

"Our Disability Framework is an important milestone in the UK's commitment to international disability programming and our work to drive disability up the development agenda. Only by reaching people with disabilities will we be able to leave no one behind and end extreme poverty. That is what this framework sets out to do."