Study on the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in development cooperation

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The purpose of this report is to inquire into the practice of disability mainstreaming in development cooperation. It is based on four case studies on the Austrian, Italian and Spanish cooperation as well as an international comparison. In that sense, it is one further step in the agenda of the Bridging the Gap II project (BtGII), which in the past three years has undertaken a range of initiatives to ensure disability inclusive development cooperation.

The report is based on an analysis of four organizations as well as an international comparison. Via document review and key informant interviews, case studies have been elaborated for four agencies – namely the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Spanish Agency for Development and Cooperation (AECID), the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP)

The final section aims to summarizes some of the action-oriented findings that could inform future planning for better inclusion of disability into the daily practice of aid delivery. It is divided in:

  • Measures that could be taken immediately with a time horizon of one to two years, such us “Demonstrate support for disability inclusion by the agency’s senior management”, among others.
  • And others that would require a long-term perspective of three to five years, such us “Envisage an overall evaluation of the national efforts towards disability inclusive development cooperation”, among others.

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