The aim of the charter is to make the collection of global development data more disability-inclusive.
The charter consists of a set of principles promoting data collection that better includes people with disabilities. It is designed to build political support from countries and organisations and encourage them to collect and use data that reflects an accurate prevalence of disability alongside other factors like age, gender, wealth and geography.
Developed by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), in collaboration with national governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations including Sightsavers, the charter will help to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals, and their vision of a world where no one is left behind.
Sightsavers Director of Policy and Programme Strategy Dominic Haslam said: “I’m truly excited by the potential of the charter to make a genuine, lasting impact on the development sector. Development is first and foremost about equality and equity. You can’t deliver those without disaggregated data. This is a great step forward in efforts to ensure not only that no one is left behind, but also that everybody counts when development decisions are made. I’m very proud that Sightsavers has been involved at the heart of the charter since its beginning and I look forward to seeing it grow from here.”
Sightsavers has been disaggregating data by disability since 2015, when it piloted the Washington Group Short Set (WGSS) of questions on disability within an urban eye health project in India. The organisation has since tested the WGSS in data collection at trachoma trichiasis camps in Tanzania and Malawi and through a mass drug administration within a neglected tropical disease programme in Ghana.
Countries and organisations that sign up to the Inclusive Data Charter commit to publishing details of their own action plan that identifies the steps they will take to improve the quality and quantity of their data that includes people with disabilities. Sightsavers’ Inclusive Data Charter action plan focuses on:
Read more about Everybody Counts, Sightsavers’ commitment to data that includes people with disabilities.