Development Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Persons with Disabilities

Mina Lomuscio, Marta Collu

Abstract


Development cooperation, humanitarian aid and persons
with disabilities
Mina Lomuscio, Marta Collu

The UNCRPD reaffirms the human rights of persons with
disabilities and underlines the need to respect them. In this direction, the Italian Cooperation developed – with the involvement

of civil society and beneficiaries in the whole decision-
making process – guidelines, manuals, and tools with the
aim to operationalize the Convention. In developing countries
multiple forms of discrimination are often associated with exclusion
and vulnerabilities. In these contexts, it is essential to
support local authorities in adopting legislation policies and
to build strategies and programmes in favour of persons with
disabilities with special attention to situations of risk and humanitarian
emergencies, including armed conflicts and natural
disasters. All initiatives supported by the Italian Cooperation
have been designed according to the idea that any intervention
has to be tailored on the needs of the person with disabilities,
promoting the highest possible level of autonomy and independence,
and enabling them to take an active role in the development
of civil society and in the response to emergencies.
Having this in mind, it is crucial to build the capacity of local
and national institutions, of civil society organisations and humanitarian
agencies, to empower persons with disabilities and
their organizations and to put in place structured consultation
systems in order to facilitate data exchange and good practices
among governments and civil society. The path followed by
the Italian Cooperation has always been consistent with the
provisions of the art. 32 and art. 11. Italy has been among the
most active in supporting the rights of persons with disabilities
through a participatory and multidisciplinary approach.


Keywords


disability; social inclusion; empowerment; capacity building; humanitarian aid.

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