International development charity welcomes Government’s new Disability Framework and explains how together they are putting the wheels in motion for disabled people around the world
To coincide with yesterday’s International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) 3rd December 2014) the Department for International Development (DFID) publishee its first ever ‘Disability Framework’. This document sets out DFID’s clear commitment, approach and actions to strengthening disability in its policy, programme and international work; as well as illustrating how DFID will continue to advocate for ‘leaving no one behind’, as a key principle of the post 2015 development framework.
International development charity, Motivation UK, welcomes the evidence and analysis of disability issues, and is delighted that DFID want to approach disability more systematically and comprehensively in their work. This ground breaking framework demonstrates DFID’s firm commitment to addressing some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities and it is apt that it is being launched on IDPwD – a day where people, all around the world are promoting greater understanding of people with disabilities and encouraging increased support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Head of Programmes at Motivation UK, Tamsin Langford, comments: “We are thrilled that DFID is taking this bold stance to raise the profile of disability and we are proud that we can already showcase how together DFID and Motivation are putting the wheels in motion for disabled people in some of the world poorest countries.”
“We are currently working together on two projects in Africa, which illustrate how by putting disabled people at the heart of project design and delivery you can create sustainable projects that transform the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised people for good.”
In Uganda and Malawi, thanks to DFID’s support, Motivation is building the capacity of local partners so that they can provide parents of disabled children with practical training that helps prevent premature deaths and improves the health and wellbeing of children. At the same time the Charity is helping to provide appropriate wheelchairs to thousands of disabled adults and children, increase access to education and facilitating economic growth by supporting families to access income generation activities.
Billy, from Malawi, is just one example of an individual that Motivation has been able to inspire. Hear his story, in his own words, by watching this short two minute film.
The publishing of the framework coincides with the launch of Motivation’s latest ‘Wheels in Motion’ campaign, which aims to transform the lives of over 100,000 disabled people by 2017. It is by working with a range of partners across the sector including DFID, and by engaging the general public that Motivation believes that it can meet this ambitious goal.
UK registered charity Motivation has been transforming lives in low income countries for over 23 years, with the right wheelchairs, training and support to get people mobile, healthy and playing an active part in their communities. Find out more at www.motivation.org.uk