lcd_logoThe Government’s Department for International Development (DfID), 3 December, committed to ensure their work to end global poverty reflects the needs of the world’s one billion disabled people.

The new action plan sees an increased emphasis placed on creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and more focus given to how DfID’s partners are encouraged to collect data to measure disability inclusion.

Leonard Cheshire Disability
has long campaigned for UK overseas aid to be spent on international development programmes and resources that are accessible to all, regardless of disability status.

The revised disability framework DfID has launched yesterday, in line with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, making this campaign a reality.

Tiziana Oliva, Leonard Cheshire Disability International Director, said:

“Until now, people with disabilities have frequently been left out of development programmes. We welcome the evolution of DfID’s disability framework, which will help secure the inclusion of people with disabilities, to ensure no one is left behind.”

“You will never get global economic growth unless you involve everyone in the economy, including the millions of disabled people currently excluded worldwide.”

“We want the UK Government to build on its leadership on disability and host, in 2016, a high level summit for its partners to make firm commitments to foster inclusive development further.”  

Our charity is currently aiming, through its programmes, to achieve inclusive education and livelihood opportunities for a further 100,000 people over the next five years.