Disability and Development

About 80% of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities live in developing countries. Disability specific projects reach only a small fraction of these 800 million persons. Persons with disabilities should be included in all development projects and programmes so that they will be a part of the common development processes in developing countries. For persons with disabilities, inclusion often also requires support in the form of extra measures so that they also can fully enjoy the benefits of development work.

Until recently, there was very little disaggregated data on the state of world’s persons with disabilities. In 2011, however, owing to long advocacy work of disabled people’s organisations, the firts ever World Report on Disability was published. It is at the moment the most comprehensive publication on disability and it’s connections to different spheres of life.

Read the report:

World Report on Disability 2011 (opens in a new tab)