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The 2016 crystal ball

Sightsavers, January 2016

“I hope we will not need to advocate for data to be disaggregated by disability anymore”

We asked some of our policy and advocacy team for their hopes and predictions for 2016:

Fred Smith, Policy Advisor, Social Inclusion

“My hope for 2016 is that the many people whose lives have been affected by the recent Ebola outbreak can access the support they need – bereaved families rebuilding their lives and accessing livelihoods, and Ebola survivors being supported in their communities and protected from discrimination. I hope to see the wider international community waking up to the realisation that until extreme poverty is addressed and the health systems of low income countries are genuinely strengthened, with resources greater aligned to those in wealthier countries, the world will remain susceptible to further – and avoidable – outbreaks of disease.”


Marion Steff, Policy Advisor, Social Inclusion

“I hope by the end of 2016 we will not need to advocate for data to be disaggregated by disability anymore, because all governments would have realised (for instance) how many children with disabilities they have in their countries, or how many have access to school. This is a must towards providing strong services of quality.”


Andrew Griffiths, Head of Advocacy

“By the end of 2016 I hope Together 2030 is well-funded, has a strong secretariat and is going from strength to strength in developing civil society capacity to implement the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and hold governments accountable for them. We will have regional coordinators, and strong national leads, and we will be able to give a detailed civil society perspective on SDG implementation in at least 40 countries.”


Ross McMullan, Policy Campaign Officer

“By the end of 2016, I hope that we will have established a strong connection between our campaign supporters for disability-inclusive development and the people who have kindly agreed to feature in Connecting the Dots (our platform for people with disabilities to tell their stories). I also hope that we will have met many of our campaign supporters and provided lots of new opportunities for them to get involved with the campaign.”


We’ll check back at the end of the year to see whether any of these hopes have been met, and if so, how successfully.

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