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CBM UK’s response to important new Parliamentary report on disability inclusion

Posted on: Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) has today (4th April) released its report putting the spotlight on disability inclusion approaches by the UK within its delivery of international development strategies and programmes.

CBM UK contributed to the report and Kevin Sudi, Programmes Director CBM Global Kenya, gave evidence at the enquiry. The IDC highlights in the report that since the launch of a Disability Inclusion and Rights Strategy the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has not “sufficiently mainstreamed disability inclusion across its development activities,” nor across all its policy-making and departments.

Kirsty Smith, CBM UK CEO says:

“We are grateful to the IDC for highlighting the strengths and the gaps in the FCDO approach to disability inclusive programming. We wholeheartedly welcome their recommendations in the report. As an organisation committed to amplifying the voice of people with disabilities and their representative organisations we know the challenges that climate, Covid, and conflict, as well as aid cuts, have brought. The UK Government has an ambitious strategy for disability inclusion, and a dedicated team within the FCDO. This report demonstrates that what is needed now is for the Government to set transparent targets and ensure sufficient resources to enable commitments made to be fulfilled and ensure no one is left behind.”

The recommendations include the publishing of the “Delivery Plan” for the DIRS, to include specific and measurable data disaggregation policies with targets, whilst ensuring that Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) are consulted on the content and policies of any newly published plan. The proposal that, “by September next year the Government must regularly report to this Committee progress on disability inclusion against internationally-recognised targets” is an excellent step forward.

Read the full report here [opens in new tab]

Header image: Mary and her daughter Jackline, part of CBM’s Turkana Drought Response Inclusion Project in Kenya. © CBM/Eshuchi