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Disability and Development

Disability and Development
Trevor Samson / World Bank

More than one billion people, about 15% of the world’s populations, live with some form of disability. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without realizing disability-inclusive development, recognizing persons with disabilities as both agents/contributors and beneficiaries of development. Persons with disabilities face stigma, discrimination, inequality and barriers in accessing services and information.

The United Nations (UN) adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006. Following the Convention, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank published the World Report on Disability in 2011. In 2013, the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) was convened in NY, and the Heads of State and Government adopted an outcome document which reaffirmed their resolve to work together for disability-inclusive development. (Visit “TDLC HLMDD Series” in which key representatives from the WBG, UN, INGO, JICA shares their perspectives and way forward in the context of HMLDD.)

To respond to the increasing needs of capacity building among policy makers and other key stakeholders, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), together with the Social Protection & Labor unit (HDNSP) of the Bank, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN, and the United Nations University (UNU) International Institute for Global Health, a think-tank within the UN, launched a new knowledge program “Disability and Development Program.”  The program aims to provide timely updates, capacity building, and a platform for communication and collaboration on key issues in disability and development.

Currently, we have 2 Series under the Disability and Development Program:

  1. High-level Meeting on Disability and Development Series
  2. Disability and Development: Learning from Country Experience Series

Disability and Development Programs

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International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure Investment”

January 20-21, 2016

The World Bank in commemoration of the launch of the Phase III of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) partnership will host the first annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through “Quality Infrastructure” on January 20-21, 2016.

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Why Disability Inclusive Development Matters: The Promise of Social Inclusion

April 22, 2015

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Including persons with disabilities and expanding equitable opportunities is at the core of World Bank Group’s work on social inclusion and building inclusive communities. During a recent event at the World Bank, Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled, presented a framework that supports the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In this short video, he highlights key aspects of the framework, and specifies evaluative criteria that can be used by development practitioners who want to design and implement projects that are inclusive of people with disabilities.

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World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation

Sunday, 15 March 2015
10 AM to 5:00 PM

The World Bank Group will co-organize a public forum “Taking Action towards a Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its Implementation” with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) among other global partners on March 15, 2015
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Mental Well-being and Disability: Toward Accessible and Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

A Panel Discussion Commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 2, 2014 13:15-14:30

Co-organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, a panel discussion will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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Public Forum: Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability-Promoting Resilience for All

On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan,  UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, will organize a public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”. The forum will explore how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia discussed this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event will focus on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.

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Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-ISP), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, will organize an expert group meeting on mental well-being, disability and disaster reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27-28, 2014.

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Disability and Development “Learning from Country Experiences” Series

Since 2014

This series features policy makers and key actors in the field of disability from various countries who will share their perspectives, best practices, and lessons learned in their respective countries. The series aims to contribute to sharing and exchange of real experiences and practical, action-oriented knowledge among key stakeholders in the area of disability and development.

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Session 5: HLMDD-International Disability NGO

Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

2014

Venus Ilagan, Secretary General of Rehabilitation International, an international non-governmental organization for the advancement of rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, speaks about how the recommendations and decisions made at the HLMDD can and should be utilized as a policy tool in various levels in different countries. She stresses that disability is a part of human diversity, and persons with disabilities are able to contribute to society if lack of access, discrimination, and poverty are properly addressed.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) Series

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Session 4: HLMDD-JICA

Discussion on the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development

Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor (Social Welfare), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) speaks about the significance of the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development to Japan, and introduces perspectives from JICA on the issue of disability in development.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) Series

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Session 3: HLMDD-World Report on Disability

Discussion on the UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

2014

Aleksandra Posarac, program leader at the World Bank Manila Office worked as an advisor on disability issues for five years until 2013 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. She is also one of the authors of the World Report on Disability, published by the World Bank and the World Health Organization in 2011. From this experience, she talks about the significance of the HLMDD and what the World Bank and other development partners can do to implement or help the various governments implement the recommendations and decisions made in the HLMDD. Reiterating that disability should not be the reason for exclusion or discrimination in an inclusive development process, she also describes the role that the World Report on Disability has played in informing the HLMDD.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see High-level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD) Series

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