It is evident that the implied inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) has not resulted in their inclusion in development activities; for example, only an estimated 3-4 per cent of persons with disabilities are believed to benefit from international aid programs (AusAid, 2011). Not only have persons with disabilities not benefitted from much of the progress brought about by the MDG, but their living standards may have been declining in relative terms (UN, 2010).
This paper argues that the absence of specific reference to disability in the MDGs has resulted in the increased marginalisation of persons with disabilities and is contributing towards growing inequalities that are slowing progress at sub-national levels (UNDESA, 2012).
Sightsavers’ staff provide a first-hand insight into the five ways we’re making sure children with disabilities aren’t left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has shown the need for systems to accommodate the new risks we face. Why not take the opportunity to build them back in a way that is inclusive?
Inclusive Futures, a consortium of 16 global partner organisations advocating for disability inclusion, launched its new website on 20 July.