Disability in the Post-2015 Framework

Disability in the Post-2015 Framework

by Lorraine Wapling, Disability Inclusive Development consultant, Sightsavers

November 2012

Abstract: Despite representing over one billion people worldwide, the economic and social potential of persons with disabilities to make significant contributions toward achieving global development targets has so far been lost. It is evident that the implied inclusion of persons with disabilities in the MDGs has not resulted in their inclusion in development activities, for example only 3-4% of persons with disabilities are believed to benefit from international aid programs (AusAID, 2011). Not only have persons with disabilities not benefited from much of the progress brought about by the MDGs but their living standards may have been decling in relative terms (UN, 2010).

This paper argues that the absence of specific reference to disability in the MDGs has realised in the increased marginalisation of persons with disabilities and is contributing towards growing inequalities that are slowing progress at sub-national levels (UNDESA, 2012). Only by making specific reference to disability and including disability as a cross-cutting target with measurable indicators can the post-2015 framework redress the effects of discrimination and exclusion.