Disability mainstreaming – the project ends, the work continues - 2008-06-30

Johannes Trimmel, Light For the World

With June 2008 the project ‘Disability Mainstreaming into Development Co-operation’, implemented with financial support from the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs, has come to an end.

However, as also emphasized in the external evaluation report, the work has to continue. A number of tools, such as an inclusive PCM and PME guide and training manuals to address the rights of persons with disabilities in development co-operation have been developed, and are available from this webpage.

The UN-Convention on the Rights of Disabilities, which has come into force this year, provides a international legally binding frame to ensure the full recognition and participation of persons with disabilities in development co-operation policies and programs. The tools developed in this project assist in a meaningful implementation of inclusive policies.

The International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) will stay engaged with international stakeholders such as UN agencies and the European Union to promote disability mainstreaming and the full inclusion of persons with disabilities – resources that have been made available will be updated and new resources developed.

One third of the children not receiving education are children with disabilities – this clearly shows, that without the inclusion of persons with disabilities the Millennium Development Goals will not be achieved. We need to act!

Johannes Trimmel, Light For The World

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