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Evaluation of Disability Inclusive Development at UNDP

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This evaluation of UNDP’s contribution to disability inclusive development is part of the work programme for the Independent Evaluation Office approved by the Executive Board in 2014/2015 (DP 2014/5). It provides an assessment of UNDP contribution to disability inclusive development during the period 2008-2016, corresponding to the current and past UNDP strategic plans, and to the period within which the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been in force.

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Introduction

An estimated 15 percent of the world’s population — some 1 billion people — live with disabilities that have a direct impact on their daily lives. One in every four households has a disabled member. While persons with disabilities account for a large proportion of the world’s population, they have been consistently left out of the gains made by global development. Disability was not mentioned in any of the Millennium Development Goals or their related targets and indicators. Evidence suggests that persons with disabilities have been left behind their non-disabled peers, and that the poorest members in many communities are consistently individuals with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only poorer in economic terms but are also comparatively poorer in many domains, including access to health care, education, employment and social inclusion, as well as resilience to environmental degradation and climate shocks. In addition, persons with disabilities often face stigma and prejudice that severely limit their ability to have a voice in their households and communities.

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