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UK government pledges to include people with disabilities in global development plans

The government has announced it will set out its commitment to ensuring that all people with disabilities living in developing countries will have a voice.

June 2014
A man with crutches smiling

Parliamentarians to UK government: make the right decision

As we await the government’s response to the call to prioritise disability within development, MPs have been urging the government to make the right choice.

Natasha Kennedy, June 2014
Patients wait in line to take their visual acuity tests during the cataract and trachoma outreach program in Nasir, Upper Nile, South Sudan, September 2, 2013.

Delay on government decision to prioritise people with disabilities

The government was today expected to make its decision on whether to prioritise people with disabilities in global aid, but the outcome won’t be announced immediately.

June 2014
Hazrat stands with a woman and two small boys in front of a small shop in Bangladesh.

Hazrat’s story

Hazrat has been blind since birth, and worried about providing for his family. But after meeting others with visual impairment, he’s turned his life around.

Chandrakumar, who is blind, is sitting down with a musical keyboard on his lap. He is smiling.

Chandrakumar’s story

When we met 18-year-old Chandrakumar, it was clear he was a very confident and happy guy with a passion for music.

Jenneh smiles in the classroom during a lesson at school, while Nabirye looks sad as she stands outside her home.

UK government poised to decide on global aid goals

The government will decide whether to follow the recommendations from cross-party MPs to make people with disabilities a priority for global aid.

June 2014
Nick Clegg standing between two teenage girls.

Clegg: children with disabilities need access to education

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has stated that it is vital for children with disabilities to access education.

May 2014
A woman sits in a conference room.

World Health Assembly commits to disability action plan

The World Health Assembly has committed to an action plan that aims to secure better health for people with disabilities.

May 2014

Tackling the challenges of data disaggregation

In March, my colleague Pauline wrote about the need for more and better quality data on disability in order to ensure development goals are fully inclusive.

Emma Jolley, May 2014
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development.

UK government poised to decide on global aid

On 10 June, the UK government will make a decision on whether they’re going to make people with disabilities a priority for global aid.

May 2014
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