Priya Bajpai

One of the glaring gaps observed in developing countries is the lack of budgetary allocations for provision of schemes and services for persons with disabilities. These budgetary allocations can provide for disability pensions, scholarship schemes, disability allowances, insurances etc. A budgetary allocation indicates a commitment from the government to “include them” as a visible population.
Development partners can collaborate with the governments to create platforms / forums as opportunities to interface and hold meaningful dialogues between government departments and disabled persons groups to understand their  ‘real’ needs and challenges. These forums will ensure transparent discussions and accountable sessions which can result in fruitful outcomes and exchange of ideas.