BMZ-GIZ-CBM Study human rights based approach to disability & development accessible

2013 Jan BMZ-GIZ-CBM Study human rights based approach to disability & development accessible

Human rights are a guiding principle of German development policy. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has stipulated that a human rights-based approach (HRBA) should be integrated into all sectors and at all levels of development cooperation. With the entering into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the issue of disability is now firmly established as a human rights issue. Persons with disabilities are facing a range of discrimination and exclusion and their rights are only rarely taken into account by development cooperation. Yet including persons with disabilities in development efforts is a crucial part of respecting human rights. But what does a human rights-based approach to disability in development mean in practice?

This study has been produced jointly by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a federally owned enterprise, implementing development programmes on behalf of the German Government, and CBM, a non-governmental organisation. Accordingly, its aim is to offer guidanceto those in both governmental and non-governmental organisations on development cooperation. Given the wide and differing range of implementation procedures, levels of intervention and organisational cultures, it is not a ready-to-be-applied toolbox with concrete blueprints for action. Rather, it raises awareness on core human rights and disability – inclusive principles. It explains and illustrates the implications of applying these principles to development practice. Practitioners can therefore use the guidance to initiate a process of consideration of how to embed these principles within their programmes.

The methodology of the study is based on a review of available literature and project documents.