Excluded from the Excluded: People with Intellectual Disabilities in (and out of) Official Development Assistance

Inclusion International, in partnership with Development Initiatives, has released a new publication on inclusion of people in international development and humanitarian aid.

Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) protects the right of people with disabilities to be included in international development and aid.

Although funders and governments have made commitments to “no one left behind,” Inclusion International’s new publication reveals that people with intellectual disabilities are excluded from international development and aid, based on the OECD’s data on Official Development Assistance.

In this publication, we look at the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their OPDs in international development and aid and whether or not ODA project methodologies are inclusive and compliant with the CRPD.

Full Report Two Page Summary One Page Summary

Key Findings:

  • People with intellectual disabilities were not included in 99.98% of ODA funding
  • For every $1,000 spent on Official Development Assistance, only 20¢ includes people with intellectual disabilities.
  • 36% of the ODA projects that included people with intellectual disabilities in 2018 violated the CRPD, contributing to segregation and other human rights violations.
  • Only 2% of aid relevant to people with intellectual disabilities and their families was delivered through organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs).

To make international development and humanitarian aid more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities, we are asking funders to:

  1. Fund projects that seek to build communities that are inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities.
  2. Ensure that all projects being funded explicitly include people with intellectual disabilities in their project design.
  3. Assess projects for CRPD-compliance, and commit to only funding projects that promote inclusion.
  4. Prioritize opportunities for OPDs to participate in ODA delivery channels, both shaping and delivering ODA projects.
  5. Collect and report data on the inclusion of people with disabilities and people with intellectual disabilities their families (and other marginalized groups) in ODA.

Download the full report:

Excluded from the Excluded: People with Intellectual Disabilities in (and out of) Official Development Assistance

Inclusion International’s analysis of the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in Official Development Assistance was supported by Development Initiatives and conducted under the banner of Inclusive Futures, a consortium of 16 disability and development organizations led by Sightsavers and wholly funded by UK Aid.