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U.K. To Prioritize Disability-Inclusive Development, New DFID Head Says

Devex: Advocates welcome DFID pledge on disability, warn of complexities
“The new head of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development has pledged to put disability ‘at the heart’ of everything it does in her first public speech since taking the role. Speaking ahead of International Day of People with Disabilities on Sunday, Penny Mordaunt — who was appointed last month following the shock departure of Priti Patel — said the issue of disability-inclusive development ‘will be one of my top priorities’…” (Edwards, 12/4).

Devex: Mordaunt announces Global Disability Summit in first DFID speech
“The United Kingdom’s new secretary of state for international development [announced] on Thursday that the country is to host its first-ever Global Disability Summit in London in July 2018, bringing together governments, technology companies, and civil society to promote disability-inclusive development…” (Edwards, 11/30).

SciDev.Net: Disability a top priority for new U.K. development minister
“… ‘As a department, we will put disability at the heart of everything that we do,’ said Mordaunt, a former disabilities minister who was appointed on November 9. ‘We will work with disabled people’s organizations, governments, companies, and charities to find creative and lasting ways to help transform the lives of all people living with disabilities around the world,’ Mordaunt said…” (Deighton, 12/1).

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