In a Parliamentary written answer released yesterday, the Department for International Development announced that from 2009/10 they will ‘include disabled people when designing evaluation systems and other tools for building the evidence of good practice in reducing poverty, including through education.’
The answer was in response to a question asked by Annette Brooke MP, a key RESULTS ally in Parliament, who challenged DFID on their work on education and disability after discussing the issue with RESULTS.
This is great news for disability and development campaigners, who have been calling for the greater involvement of disabled people in the monitoring and evaluation of development programmes as a way of ensuring they are inclusive of disabled people’s needs.
RESULTS’ campaign on education and disability is ongoing – we have also had some great successes with other bodies such as the UNESCO Institute for Statistics – and we are now pushing for DFID to include specific targets for work on education and disability in their new education strategy.
To join this effort, you can contribute to the public consultation that is underway on the education strategy. RESULTS have put together a briefing sheet on this consultation – if you would like to receive a copy please email Julia.