German Round-table on Disability-Inclusive Development


(From the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)

The round-table on disability-inclusive development is a broad dialogue format to inform and exchange on what the CRPD and inclusive development means for German development actors.

The Round-table convened for the second time on November 2nd 2010. Representatives from more than 30 German organizations (DPOs, NGOs, private companies, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare etc.) followed the invitation of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to the round table on disability-inclusive development. The main focus of the one-day-event was the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), its innovative aspects, and the possible and necessary steps towards the realization of inclusive development, especially with regards to Art. 32 CRPD (International Cooperation).

Presentations by international experts gave "food for thought" on two main issues: human rights expert Marianne Schulze from Austria presented the CRPD in the international human rights framework and its opportunities for development cooperation. Kristen Pratt, director of AusAID's disability-inclusive development team, introduced Australia's disability-inclusive "Development for All" strategy. GIZ, the German implementing agency for international cooperation (formerly GTZ)[1], has a long-standing tradition to cooperate with AusAID in this field. This cooperation will be strengthened further in future at international as well as partner country level, also by GIZ's participation in AusAID's expert Disability Reference Group, which provides strategic guidance in the implementation and monitoring of the "Development for All" strategy.

The results of working group discussions on challenges to inclusive development and possible ways forward were presented to and discussed with Gudrun Kopp, the Parliamentary State Secretary of BMZ. Ms. Kopp underlined the importance of ensuring accessibility and disability inclusion in all relevant efforts of German Development Cooperation. Ms. Kopp underlined her personal commitment to this cause and singled out that the issue of inclusive development must be increasingly addressed in bilateral government negotiations. She also announced that BMZ will develop a strategy on inclusive development in 2011 to make current approaches more systematic and coherent.

 

 



[1] GIZ was formed on 1 January 2011. It brings together the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and Inwent - Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

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