Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th July 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the priority given by the Department for International Development to the needs of disabled people in the countries where it operates programmes.

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The coalition Government are committed to the inclusion of disabled people in development. The analysis of social differentiation, including disability, and the extent to which our programmes and projects can impact on disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities, is part of our country planning. For example, the Department for International Development's Bangladesh office is continuing to support the BRAC primary education development programme, with the third phase due to commence in July 2011. The main focus of this is to ensure access to education for vulnerable children including children with disability.

DfID supports over 85 disabled people's organisations and civil society organisations to address the issues facing people with disabilities in poor countries. For example, in Malawi, DfID has contributed to approximately 700,000 children with disabilities to enter education. Through DfID support, 4,200 classrooms have been constructed and 70 per cent of these have ramp access.

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