On inclusive-policy.org, we will share thoughts, ideas, initiatives and practices about inclusive policy, particularly with regards to persons with disabilities. These will be based on issues that we have faced in our training or missions. They may also be about new development in our field or practices that we find inspiring. This webpage is part of our initial public outreach. We will develop it in the coming year both in terms of content and accessibility.
Responding to many comments from colleagues, we prepared a new brief building on our blog and paper about budgeting for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. If you are currently working on public budgets and the inclusion of persons with disabilities, we are interested in any exchange on this emerging subject. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Mont participated in a training on disability statistics in London with representatives from a number of national statistical offices, including Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Moldova, Latvia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Singapore, Namibia, South Africa. The previous month he was in Moscow for a similar training with Russian speaking countries.
Daniel Mont traveled to Armenia to advise on reforming disability eligibility determination for Armenia’s social protection system. They are planning to move from a medical model to one based on the International Classification for Functioning, Disability and Health.
Daniel Mont participated in a panel on Twenty-Five Years since the Salamanca Declaration, reviewing progress that has been made on inclusive education. The session was organized by the Open Society Foundation for the Comparative International Education Society.
In recent years, interest has been growing on the role of public budget in supporting the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The terms inclusive budgeting, disability budgeting, disability responsive budgeting have been used interchangeably. But do they mean the same? See our new discussion paper and blog post Disability inclusive or CRPD compliant budgeting?
Daniel Mont from CIP followed upon on his previous work in Oman to develop and pilot test a new disability determination tools that is functionally based. He also was in Saudi Arabia consulting with the World Bank on a similar project.
Daniel Mont and Alex Cote both traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to work on a financial impact statement for a proposed Disability Rights Law. Legislation in Georgia must have such a statement prior to a vote. Mont was working with the government developing such an estimate, while Cote was working under a different contract with disabled people organizations to develop their capacity to provide input and advise on the statement.
Daniel Mont from CIP was in Oman to advise on harmonizing the disability identification and assessment system, and on how to construct a cross-ministerial disability data system that is linked to the Omani disability registration card. A blog on some of the issues with disability assessment and registration will be forthcoming soon on the website.
CIP participated in the Technical Workshop on ‘Collecting Data on Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Contexts’ held at UNICEF Headquarters in New York City on December 11-12. The goal of the workshop is develop methodologies useful for collecting data that can be useful in humanitarian actions, such as those for refugees and/or in the context of natural disasters or conflict. Interest and activity in this area is growing significantly, including adapting methods suitable for surveys and standard administrative data to the particular challenges and needs of crisis contexts.
Cost benefit vs. cost effectiveness: Advocates for inclusive policy are often asked to make the “business case” for inclusion, many times being pressed for a cost-benefit analysis of various policies. In a world with limited resources, it makes sense that policymakers desire that resources are spent to provide the biggest benefit possible. However, there are several problems with the cost-benefit approach when it comes to evaluating inclusive policy….
Measuring the costs of disability: Researchers, advocates, and policymakers often cite statistics about the relative income of people with and without disabilities. The idea being that barriers to participation in the labor market limit the ability of people with disabilities to secure an adequate level of economic well-being. However, direct comparisons of income levels between people with and without disabilities can mask many of the factors and dynamics that influence well-being, leading to an underestimate of the well-being gap. This blog concentrates on one of these factors – the extra costs of living with a disability….
Looking back: the unsteady path towards inclusive development policy: If international development actors and national governments are to embrace the promise of Agenda 2030 To Leave No One Behind, ensuring public policies and programs are truly inclusive is an obvious strategy. Considering the diversity of understanding of the concept of inclusive development, or inclusive growth, it is worth revisiting the evolution of some of the theories and perspective that have underpinned development policies.
Training of trainers in Brighton: CIP supported the facilitation of the module 2 of the 2018 BRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of trainer organised by IDA and IDDC with 15 DPO leaders from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Topics of module 2 included disability data and poverty, social protection, Budget advocacy and legal harmonisation. For more details, follow this link on training of trainers.
As part of CIP contribution to inclusive social protection for persons with disabilities, Daniel Mont participated in the SASPEN Annual International Conference 2017 themed Inclusion, Integration and Transformation: Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in the SADC that took place in Johannesburg, on May 3-4, 2017. He presented a summary of the discussions that have been taking place within the multi stakeholders group on social protection and persons with disabilities co-facilitated by ILO and IDA. You can find Daniel’s presentation here and more information on the conference here.