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Devex Examines Need To Include People With Disabilities In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Devex examines how the aid community can “start helping 650 million disabled persons worldwide, many of them living in dire conditions in the world’s poorest countries,” noting “[p]eople living with disabilities have largely been sidelined by the global development agenda in recent years, despite efforts to include [them] in the post-2015 goals.” The news service quotes Rosangela Berman-Bieler, senior adviser on children with disabilities at UNICEF, who told Devex, “As cash-strapped donors want greater results for lesser money, they should include in their programming specific targets to address the daily struggles of people living with disability.” However, “the biggest push lies in the post-2015 agenda, said Berman-Bieler,” according to Devex, which notes she “suggested the goals for including people with disability in the post-2015 development framework should address health, education and employment: ‘We will not be able to have one indicator. We need a set of indicators that depend on the goals'” (Morales, 7/31).