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A social business case for disability inclusion in development

December 2018

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This article looks at literature focussing on the benefits and costs of disability inclusion for a wide range of stakeholders. Included are the perspectives of persons with a disability, households, employers, education and health service providers and governments. 

Everybody Matters: Good practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes

Van SLOBBE, Caroline
November 2017

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This publication provides introductory chapters from two activists who work to create better opportunities for people with disabilities in Nigeria and India. Subsequently, the challenges that organisations worldwide have encountered whilst improving the access to and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights for people with disabilities are presented. Ways in which they managed to find solutions and the results achieved are reviewed. Some cases show the importance of a more personal approach whilst others emphasise the advantage of changing systems and policies. Different regions, types of disabilities and various SRHR-topics are reflected in these stories. All cases provide lessons learnt that contribute to a set of recommendations for improved responses. The closing chapter highlights the challenges, solutions, and ambitions that are presented and lead up to a concise overview of recommendations.  

Good practice examples include:

A shift in SRH programming (Nepal)

Breaking Barriers with performance art (Kenya)

Her Body, Her Rights (Ethiopia)

People with disabilities leading the way (Israel Family Planning Association)

Best Wishes for safe motherhood (Nepal)

It’s my body! (Bangladesh)

Calling a spade a spade (Netherlands)

Four joining forces (Colombia)

Change agents with a disability (Zimbabwe)

Tito’s privacy and rights (Argentina)

Sign language for service providers (Kenya)

Report international conference : towards realisation of the millennium development goals for women and girls with a disability

February 2010

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This conference report presents the discussions, experiences and expertise exchanged on how the MDGs may be realised for women and girls with a disability and how to make sure women and girls with disabilities will benefit from the efforts made to reach the MDGs. The session presentations and workshop proceedings are provided. The discussions and workshops shared conclusions and recommendations which highlighted that women and girls with a disability need to be included in all mainstream plans and activities in order to achieve the MDG’s by 2015 and that a twin track approach is the best strategy “"Towards realisation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls with a disability" ”Amstelveen, Netherlands
2 December 2009

Violence against Ethiopian children : the stories and perspectives of children

BOERSMA, Marieke
January 2009

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Based on research conducted between April 2007 and February 2008, this thesis collates information gathered from earlier research showing that there is a threat of violence in the life of every child in Ethiopia. Children with a disability are more vulnerable to violence than their non-disabled peers; although the current literature provides an overview about the situation in which children with disabilities live, little is known about violence against children with disabilities in Ethiopia. In this paper, the author compiles stories of Ethiopian children with disabilities told from their own perspectives and analyses why they are more vulnerable to violence than their non-disabled peers

Mainstreaming disability and gender in development cooperation


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This practical disability and gender training manual aimed at development cooperation professionals provides "a tool to enable the reader to learn from best practice examples currently applied in specific areas of disability and development work. It also informs the reader on how to reproduce a similar training module in the future under different circumstances, as a way to spread knowledge and to reach out to an increasingly wide audience"

Disabled persons are more vulnerable to HIV

DE VRIES, Christina
November 2004

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This article focuses on HIV prevention messages and measures for disabled people in developing countries. It highlights the fact that among disabled people certain groups are more at risk of HIV infection than others

Dutch coalition for disability and development


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The aim of this website is to provide information to support individuals and organisations working for the inclusion and social participation of disabled people, promoting a solidarity and human rights agenda