> Posted by Rosita Najmi
The Center’s program on Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities is honored to host a photo exhibit, “USAID and Inclusive Development: Mainstreaming Disability in the Millennium Development Goals: Toward 2015 and Beyond.” The exhibit was originally commissioned for the 2010 observance of UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), which is an annual observance established by the United Nations in 1981, with a purpose, among others, of promoting a greater understanding of disability issues.
The exhibit includes photographs (17) demonstrating disability inclusion in Cambodia, Ecuador, Kenya, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, and Zambia. The display also highlights case studies (11) from Albania, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
With this exhibit, the Center continues its efforts to foster dialogue and action towards financial inclusion for all vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities. Visitors (individuals or groups) are encouraged and welcome. To arrange a viewing, please contact Program Manager Rosita Najmi.
For more information regarding USAID and its Disability Policy and Programming, please click here.
In September 1997, USAID adopted a groundbreaking policy that led to the creation of a detailed framework to guide the agency’s efforts in the areas of disability and inclusive development. The policy states that USAID will not discriminate against persons with disabilities and will work to ensure the inclusion of these individuals in USAID-funded programs and activities. The policy also calls on USAID missions to enlist partners, host-country counterparts, and other donors in a collaborative effort to end discrimination against, and promote equal opportunity for, persons with disabilities. USAID works to educate its employees on disability issues through courses and workshops. It provides tools and technical assistance to its field missions as they institutionalize the policy, and it has developed self-reporting mechanisms to track the agency’s progress in implementing the policy in Washington and overseas.
In 2005, Congress provided USAID with a dedicated source of funding to complement the agency’s commitment to including persons with disabilities in development programs and to empowering them to advocate for their own rights. To date, these initiatives have supported programs in more than 40 countries, primarily through financial and technical assistance to USAID missions to promote their own inclusive development activities.