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My visit to the UK

24 January 2014
Posted by Edwin Osundwa

Edwin Osundwa

As the Country Representative of Sense International, Kenya, last week I was privileged to visit UK to give oral evidence to a select committee inquiring into DFID’s work on disability and development.

Preparations for the inquiry began as soon as I arrived in the UK. First with my colleagues at Sense International head office and then I went to Water Aid and met with the other organizations and individuals giving evidence. It was really good to meet others working in this area and to have the opportunity to talk through our ideas before the inquiry. The actual interviews took place on 14th January, and the committee had 11 members who asked very clear and incisive questions about disability and development, and what DFID could do to sharpen its work in this area. I gave evidence alongside representatives from Leonard Cheshire and Handicap International who both contributed a great deal to the discussion.

The day after the inquiry I took part in a live Q&A on the Guardian website. This was a great opportunity for me to talk about the inquiry and also to talk about our work in Kenya and East Africa. The questions came flooding in and I only finished when it was time to catch my flight back to Kenya!

I enjoyed my trip, and hope that DFID will not consider my voice, but rather the voices of the millions of those who have one form of disability or another that I represented, and their appeal for inclusive development.

Update

The Committee's report was published on 10 April 2014. Edwin was pleased that deafblindness was mentioned on the first page.

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First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014