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Thank you Kiran for your comments. We have this model of collaboration being practiced in some of the developing countries where governments are open to development partners having their disability advisors/specialists within the ministries. It is a common practice for the UN/ development cooperation agencies  to appoint Technical Advisors to advice ministries in implementing  programs /projects . It is important to ensure that transfer of knowledge and expertise is well received by the relevant ministries and this often depends on the civil servants/ officials interest and commitment. The governments need to appoint civil servants who are committed to developing their skills and capacities in disability inclusion and development partners should consistently monitor the impact of such collaboration.

The government in Afghanistan prior to the regime change, used to have a person with disability from the  NGO disability network to be based in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and to advise the Deputy Minister in -charge of disability portfolio on disability inclusion. This was a brilliant inclusive practice through which the NGOs /OPDs had the opportunity to make their voices heard directly within the government circles on inclusion.

In total agreement with you that any national debates, dialogues and discussions on disability inclusive development should be led by government to witness meaningful change in the lives of persons with disabilities