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Global Disability Summit: One Year On Accountability Report (September 2019)

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The Global Disability Summit was co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), and the Government of Kenya in July 2018. It was a game-changing event with far-reaching consequences. World leaders, government officials, civil society, the private sector, the donor community, and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) came together to share experiences, ideas, and aspirations for development and humanitarian work inclusive of people with disabilities. People with disabilities were at the centre of the design and delivery of the Summit, reflecting the fundamental principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the disability rights movement ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us!’

Over the year following the Summit, the co-hosts have continued to work together, in partnership with a range of sector representatives, to develop an approach to accountability for the commitments made. An early step in this process is the analysis and reporting work to inform this One Year On the report, presenting independent analysis by Equal International. We launched a self-reporting survey, giving everyone who made commitments an opportunity to reflect on the progress they have made. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in three focus countries (Kenya, Nepal, and Jordan) provided case studies of their country’s progress on disability inclusion since the Summit, best practices, and lessons learnt. The findings are set out in this report. As co-hosts, we will build on this evidence and work with partners to establish a longer-term accountability process. We hope the examples of progress inspire the whole international development community to continue to realise the potential of our collective action.