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(Re)building Inclusive Societies: Critical Reflections on Disability and Global Development is a partnership of researchers, disabled peoples’ organizations and policy makers. The partnership will create and share knowledge about the situations of women and men, boys and girls with disabilities in global development, particularly in post-disaster situations. This project is a joint initiative of the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI) at Mount Saint Vincent University and Youth in Challenging Contexts Institute (CYCCI) at Dalhousie University. This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Dalhousie University.

Using three case studies (Haiti, Uganda, and South Africa) and the lens of intersectionality, we explore how times of transition and change following conflict and disasters offer unusual opportunities to rebuild more inclusive societies, including for people with disabilities. Our partnership is guided by the following questions:

  • How is disability addressed by bilateral agencies, international financial and non-governmental organizations in global development policies, practices, and governance, notably in responses to conflict and natural disasters?
  • What are the experiences and organized responses of diverse people with disabilities in complex emergencies including conflict and natural disasters in the global South?
  • How do gender, childhood, race, ethnicity, religion and other aspects of identity shape experiences of disability in these contexts?
  • How have the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and other human rights instruments been used to address the situations of women and men, girls and boys with disabilities in these contexts?
  • How do lessons from these areas relate and apply to a broader agenda for disability and development of Canada’s foreign policy?
  • What inclusive research practices are needed and have we developed while working in the area of disability and development? How do social, structural and political factors influence the effective use of inclusive research practices?

Summary Report

Disability and Global Development conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia June 22-24, 2016 summary report please click here »

Implicating Disability and Global Development Fact Sheet

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Why It Is Time to Make Inclusive Development Inclusive

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Submission in response to Canada’s International Assistance Review consultation process

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Foreign Aid and Inclusion of People with Disabilities: Article 32, the SDG’s and tracking inclusive development

Follow the link for a webcast of a side event held during the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities. The side event took place Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 4:45 – 6:00 ET in New York. This event was organized by; The Pinda Foundation for Youth, UMASS Boston, AidData and CANDID.

Presentation (Video)
Presentation of a study analyzing World Bank and DFID project portfolios for disability inclusion illustrates the efficacy of utilizing a targeted, consistent methodology for evaluation and establishing best practice.

Video Screen ShotFollowed by an opportunity for response & dialogue with an international panel of inclusive development experts, with special reference to the impact of CRPD article 32 on their own programming.

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