Addressing disability inclusion through evaluations in agriculture and rural development
Dear EvalForward members,
I would like to hear from you regarding your experience in addressing disability inclusion through evaluations.
The 2019 United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations. The Strategy includes a system-wide policy, an accountability framework and other implementation modalities. This Strategy requires the evaluation offices of United Nations agencies and organisations to report annually on the extent to which disability inclusion has been addressed through their evaluations. For some UN entities, this is the first time that disability inclusion is being addressed in a systematic manner through programming and evaluation, and this requires a rethinking of evaluation approaches and methodologies.
Persons with disabilities, as defined by the 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Disability inclusion therefore implies the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in all their diversity, the promotion of their rights and the consideration of disability-related perspectives, in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Recent studies suggest that at present there are approximately 1 billion persons with disabilities in the world (about 15 per cent of the global population), of whom 80 per cent (800 million) live in developing countries (see for example the UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development). While analysis of the incidence, distribution and trends in disability is limited by a lack of high-quality data, the available studies indicate that there is a positive correlation between poverty and disability, at both the individual and the household level, and that disability is generally associated with multidimensional poverty. This correlation is even more pronounced in rural areas.
Despite the significant challenges faced by persons with disabilities living in rural areas, there is comparatively less experience in addressing disability inclusion through evaluations related to agriculture, rural development and food security. I would therefore like to tap into the experiences and expertise of the Eval Forward Network:
- What has been your experience in addressing disability inclusion through evaluations?
- What best practices can you suggest for ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our evaluations?
- What challenges do you foresee in ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our stakeholder consultations and evaluation outreach going forward?
- Can you point to published evaluations that have explicitly addressed issues of disability inclusion, to help us compile a repository of best practice examples?
I look forward to hearing from you as we open this important discussion.
Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)