Disability Inclusion Helpdesk

Research and advice service for DFID and the UK Government

Disability Inclusion Helpdesk

The Disability Inclusion Helpdesk provides research and advice to DFID and other UK government departments on disability inclusion in policy, programming, and across DFID’s five minimum standards on disability inclusion.

We are a team of experienced in-house helpdesk researchers working alongside over 60 senior disability inclusion experts with experience across different themes, sectors and geographies. We can advise on disability inclusion in development, FCAS and humanitarian settings. We take a rights-based approach to disability inclusion and apply a gender and intersectionality lens in everything we do. The Helpdesk will support DFID to implement its new Strategy for Disability Inclusive Development 2018-2023 and the scale-up of disability mainstreaming across the department. 

The helpdesk is funded under the Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Programme, a six-year £29.25 million programme funded by DFID. The Programme is led by Sightsavers, with ADD International, BBC Media Action, BRAC, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), International Disability Alliance (IDA), Humanity & Inclusion, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Light for the World, Sense, and Social Development Direct.

The programme aims to:

  • To deliver tangible outcomes to improve the lives of people with disabilities – this includes improved educational attainment and health outcomes, productive jobs and livelihoods and reduced stigma and discrimination for people with disabilities of all ages. This includes within conflict and humanitarian settings;
  • To generate a significant, and rigorous, evidence base on ‘what works’ to deliver results for people with disabilities;
  • To ensure data and evidence is used by the global community and governments to increase action and investment.