Overview of Australia's assistance for disability-inclusive development

Australia is internationally recognised as a leading donor in disability-inclusive development. Australia has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and is committed to our development activities including and benefitting people with disabilities.

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Strategy to strengthen disability-inclusive development

Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program (May 2015) will guide Australia’s aid program in supporting people with disabilities in developing countries. The strategy builds on the strong foundation of the first Development for All strategy, launched in 2008, which highlighted the importance of recognising and supporting the inherent dignity and human rights of people with disabilities in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Approximately one in seven people globally have disabilities (around one billion people) and they and their families are disproportionately affected by poverty. Including people with disabilities in our development efforts is integral to achieving the purpose of the aid program as set out in Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability – promoting Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

The strategy identifies key opportunities where disability-inclusive development can be strengthened based on the investment priorities of the aid program. These opportunities identify areas where Australia can make the most difference, based on the key disability-inclusive development challenges within our region, our achievements to date and our recognised expertise.

Through the strategy, DFAT will continue to promote disability-inclusive education, help remove physical barriers through our infrastructure investments, and work with partner governments to enhance access to vital services. We will look for opportunities to build resilience to disasters and conflict through inclusive humanitarian assistance. We will continue to support disabled people’s organisations in developing countries which play a vital role in giving voice to people with disabilities.

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