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Rights of people with disabilities

Boys in a hospital in Tanzania

Background: Disability and poverty – a vicious circle

It is estimated that there are more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, 80 per cent of whom live in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. If family mem­bers are taken into account too, the number of people directly or indirectly affected by a disability is sig­ni­fi­cant­ly higher. In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, people with disabilities often experience dis­cri­mi­na­tion and ostracism. They are excluded from political, business and social life, which is a violation of their basic human rights. more


International agreements promoting the rights of persons with disabilities

Disability was long considered a problem that affected the individual and was predominantly medical in nature. In­ter­national policymakers rarely addressed the rights of disabled people as equal citizens. It is only in the past few years that political debate has begun to give more consideration to the concerns of people with disabilities. In December 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy equal opportunities and are able to participate in social life in their coun­tries. more


Inclusion of persons with disabilities – a key principle in Germany’s development policy

In the past, people with disabilities were not always able to benefit from de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion projects. This was partly due to the fact that they are often amongst the poorest of the poor and thus generally difficult to reach. Another reason is that they tend to be excluded from society, which can potentially mean that de­vel­op­ment projects lose sight of them too. It was this fact that prompted the BMZ to publish its own action plan – the "Action Plan for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities" – in 2013. The aim is to put the necessary mechanisms in place over the next few years for the concerns of people with disabilities to be systematically mainstreamed into de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion work. more


Further information

Here you will find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on the rights of people with disabilities. more


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