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ACFID Disability and MDGs Factsheet Sep 2003


ACFID Disability and MDGs Factsheet Sep 2003

Globally, the number of persons with disabilities is increasing due to a combination of poverty, conflict, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and an ageing population. Twenty percent of the world’s poorest people have a disability. If development programs are to succeed in reducing poverty and strengthening good governance, then they need to more pro-actively involve and include persons with disabilities.

There is a need for development agencies to both prevent disability (50% of the causes of disabilities are believed to be preventable) and to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their program (only 2% of people with a disability are estimated to have access to basic services). The long term cost to donors, states and implementing agencies of not addressing disabilities is shown to be far in excess of the short-term cost of including persons with disabilities in socio-economic development programs.

The consideration of the rights and needs of persons with disabilities, together with the prevention of the causes of disabilities, is essential if the overall aim of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve absolute poverty is to be achieved by 2015.