DISABILITY 

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Jonah from Zambia at a DWA event in 2015

Definition of Disability under UNCRPD

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) does not try to define disability. Instead it describes disability is an ‘evolving’ concept, and that ‘disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others’.

80% of disabled people (around 500 million) live in the poorest countries of the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise that disability and development are inextricably interlinked, and disability inclusive development is central to ensuring that these goals are met.

Hub Cymru Africa believe that disability inclusion is an essential part of any development project. We promote, encourage and support Welsh-based international development actors to ensure that disability is at the core of the projects they carry out. We believe that the impact of excluding the disabled from development programmes result in their isolation socially, politically and environmentally. We support diverse activities through grants, development support, capacity building and public events.

We support the principle of ‘leave no one behind’, and the ambition to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030.

Disability and the SDGs

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Disability is included in the following Sustainable Development GOALS (SDGs)

Goal 4: Guaranteeing equal and accessible education by building inclusive learning environments and providing the needed assistance for persons with disabilities.

Goal 8: Promoting inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market.

Goal 10: Emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities

Goal 11: Creating accessible cities and water resources, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces.

Goal 17: Underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, emphasis on disability disaggregated data.

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