Disability Inclusion

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An estimated one billion people, or 15% of the global population, have a disability. 80% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. Despite this, people with disabilities have historically been overlooked in development policy and programming.  

SDDirect has extensive experience providing guidance on disability inclusion across sectors. Through the Disability Inclusive Development Helpdesk, we support the generation of a rigorous evidence base on ‘what works’ to deliver results for people with disabilities, and support to ensure that data and evidence is used to increase action and investment. 

We take a rights-based approach to disability inclusion and apply a gender and intersectionality lens in everything we do. Working with organisations of persons with disability is core to our approach.  

SDDirect is a Disability Confident Employer. Our internal disability working group is working towards our Level 1 commitments to strengthen recruitment practices and support to staff. The working group reports to our Executive Management Group. 

Our staff working on disability inclusion bring skills from a range of portfolios including Governance and Inclusive Societies, Gender-Based Violence, Safeguarding and Green Economies and Infrastructure. We work alongside a roster of over 60 senior disability inclusion experts with experience across different themes and geographies. 

If you would like to hear more about our work on Disability Inclusion, please reach out to Emma Haegeman, Head of Governance and Inclusive Societies Portfolio, at EmmaHaegeman@sddirect.org.uk

Query 8 - Situational analysis of disability in Nigeria

This report aims to complement a 2018 situational analysis undertaken by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), by drawing on the practical ‘know-how’ and expertise of practitioners working on disability rights in Nigeria, to provide rich insights and help contextualise information available online. Interviewees included representatives from Nigerian DPOs, INGOs and advocates for disability rights in Nigeria.