The report echoes our call for disability to be prioritised in the fight against global poverty, and recommends that the government creates a development strategy that’s inclusive of people with disabilities.
The IDC is made up of cross-party MPs, and its report is a welcome announcement for Sightsavers and other NGOs working with people with disabilities in developing countries.
Of the billion people worldwide who have a disability, the vast majority – 80 per cent – live in developing countries. On average, one household in every four in the poorest communities has an immediate member with a disability, which means at least two billion people live with the impact on a daily basis.
Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign highlights that the potential of people with disabilities to contribute to development is being lost. The IDC report signals a huge step forward in recognising that disability and development are inextricably linked.
The government of Ghana has nominated Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame for a place on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The UK government will hold a disability summit in July 2018, as part of a push to ensure people with disabilities are included in global development.