The Global Disability Summit, co-hosted by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya, took place in London on the 24th of July. The aim was to bring the international community together to share experiences, make new commitments and place the inclusion of people with disabilities at the heart of international development.

At the outcome of the Summit, 170 ambitious commitments were taken worldwide and 301 organizations and governments, including the ICRC MoveAbility Foundation, signed the Charter for Change, an action plan for the implementation of the United Nations International Conventions on Disability.

This action plan aims to “ensure the rights, freedoms, dignity and inclusion for all persons with disabilities.”

Commitments on disability inclusion

The commitments that were made at the Summit, were based on four main themes:

  1. Ensuring Dignity and Respect for all
  2. Inclusive education
  3. Routes to economic empowerment
  4. Harnessing technology and innovation

two cross-cutting themes:

  1. Women and girls with disabilities
  2. Conflict and humanitarian contexts

As well as on data disaggregation.

Our engagement

As an international organization active in building and strengthening of a national system for rehabilitation, we strongly support the commitments taken at the Global Disability Summit. It is a major step forward for the disability cause worldwide and particularly for low- and middle-income countries.

In our field of expertise, physical rehabilitation, we are committed to:

  • tackling discrimination and stigmatization of people with disabilities by raising awareness notably through the events and conferences we organize in the countries where we operate and with the international community. Our aim is to increase the visibility and empowerment of people with disabilities in order to put this topic at the center of the public spotlight;
  • promoting inclusive education. We work at the national policy level through the national platform. We are also providing training opportunities for rehabilitation specialists;
  • strengthening our collaborations and partnerships with governments, Disabled People’s Organizations, private sector partners and other international organizations active in the countries where we work to ensure continuity and ownership of the projects;
  • researching and promoting accessible, quality and affordable assistive technologies for persons with disabilities;
  • improving both the technical and managerial capacities of our partners in the field to sustain the activities.

We will work to strengthen our impact on people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries in the coming years. We have thus integrated the commitments made above into our 2019-2021 strategy.