In preparation to the upcoming Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) have released a policy paper which discusses the inclusion of people with disabilities when financing for development.
The conference will gather high-level political representatives, non-governmental organisations, relevant institutional stakeholders and the business sector. The outcome document, which will result from the negotiations taking place, will greatly contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July this year, and the hearings for the private sector and the civil society will take place in March.
Under the motto “Spend accessibly now, save money and benefit everyone,” IDDC and IDA want accessibility to become a priority when it comes to the provision of services and creation of infrastructure. They believe that the promotion of inclusive growth and development for people with disabilities is beneficial both from an ethical and an economic standpoint.
The presented policy paper is rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, based on the idea that inclusion must happen in all levels in order to create inclusive societies, including in the financing of sustainable development. IDDC and IDA also believe persons with disabilities should actively participate in the design, implementation, financing and monitoring of budget and fiscal policies and are advocating for the disaggregation of administrative data by disability, to achieve transparency and accountability.
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