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UK Government looking at how to ensure disabled people are included in their aid work

19 November 2014
Posted by Lucy Drescher

Lucy Drescher

The UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) is working on a framework to ensure that disabled people are included in all the work it does and funds around the world. Sense International has been part of the consultation meetings with both the Minister and the civil servants, discussing ways to ensure the framework really works once it's in place.

In January 2014 the International Development Committee of MPs and Peers in Parliament held an inquiry into disability, to which Sense International gave both written and oral evidence. DFID gave their response at the end of June, agreeing with many of the points made by the committee, but rejecting the idea of a strategy and instead saying that they would produce a framework.

The framework will be launched on 3 December, the International Day of People with Disabilities, and will outline their vision and how they plan to take this forward in the next 12 months. In a year's time they plan to review their progress and produce another framework for the following year.

Sense International will be watching this process closely to see how it progresses and whether it includes deafblind people.

Lucy Drescher is Policy & Support Officer for Sense International 

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