People with disabilities in developing countries are more likely to be poor and less likely to have access to healthcare and education. This makes earning an income and escaping poverty incredibly difficult, if not impossible.
Despite this, the 800 million people with disabilities who live in developing countries are often invisible in discussions about international development, and last in the queue when it comes to aid. This needs to change now.
We’re calling on Justine Greening MP (Secretary of State for International Development) to make people with disabilities a priority for the Department for International Development, and lead a global development agenda that leaves no one behind.
The UK government has promised to publish a disability framework in November 2014, detailing how it’ll ensure people with disabilities have a voice in, and benefit from, international aid and development work. It’s vital that the government not only delivers on its promises, but also uses its influence to put disability on the global agenda and secure real and lasting change for people with disabilities in developing countries.
The more people we can get to join our call, the better chance we have of convincing politicians to make it happen.
Please sign our petition demanding the government takes action to put people with disabilities #inthepicture of global development.
“Disabled people in developing countries are the poorest of the poor: if we are serious about tackling extreme poverty, our development work has to target them.”
Malcolm Bruce, MP and chair of the international development select committee.