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20030218 European Disability Forum Policy Paper on Development Cooperation and Disability


20030218 European Disability Forum Policy Paper on Development Cooperation and Disability

Disabled people exist in every community throughout the world. Anyone can become disabled at any time, and as populations age, disability will be the experience of an increasing percentage of every society. Yet universally, disabled children, women and men lack access to basic human rights, and are marginalized, excluded and discriminated against.

Over the last two decades there has been a vast amount of experience gained and knowledge shared between communities, local and international NGOs, disability organizations, governments and international agencies who in different ways and with a wide range of strategies, have tried to address the issue of disability in development cooperation. Knowledge has been gained, and lessons have been learnt, that can help make development cooperation more responsive to the situation of disabled persons.
 
Some of the relevant key issues are: the changing face of development cooperation, definitions, scale and nature of disability in different cultures and contexts, and the context of poverty and disability.