Connect : Connect November 2013
Promoting the Rights and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in all International Development Efforts The role of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium www.addc.org.au The World Health Organization estimates there are one billion people in the world living with a disability. Globally that equates to about one in seven people; however in developing countries one in fve people have a disability. Disability is more prevalent in the world's poorest places and people with disability are among the poorest of the poor. The global picture shows that poverty and disability are inextricably linked; that there is a vicious cycle of poverty and disability. Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. Extreme poverty leads to disability for many reasons including lack of access to adequate nutrition and preventative and curative health care; lack of access to clean water and sanitation and unsafe working conditions. At the same time, disability contributes to and deepens poverty on an individual, family and community level. So a person with a disability and their family are less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education, skills training and employment opportunities -- opportunities which could otherwise reduce poverty. Goals to eradicate extreme poverty, such as the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will not be met unless they aim to break the cycle of poverty and disability. People with disability are often unintentionally excluded from international development efforts, due to physical, institutional or attitudinal barriers. It is imperative that international development efforts are more inclusive of people with disability. This is what the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) is all about: promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in development activities. ADDC is an Australian-based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries. It has over 550 members across the globe and essentially acts as a key reference group for disability within Australia’s aid sector. At the heart of ADDC's strong international network is a core principle: to enhance the voice of people with disability from developing countries within international aid. In doing so, ADDC links Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) based in developing countries with Australian development organisations to encourage meaningful and trusting exchanges. The Australian Disability and Development Consortium is an Australian based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries. It is a peak body for some of Austraining's Australian Partner Organisations which work on disability issues in developing countries.
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