SDDIRECT LAUNCHES THE DISABILITY INCLUSION HELPDESK
One year on from the Global Disability Summit, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Disability Inclusion Helpdesk. The Helpdesk offers research and advice to DFID and HMG staff on disability inclusion, including rapid evidence reviews and mappings, advice on policy and programming, and support on DFID’s minimum standards on disability inclusion.
The Helpdesk is a component of the DFID-funded Disability Inclusive Development Programme, a new six-year cutting-edge innovation and scale-up programme to find out what works and deliver tangible outcomes to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The programme is led by Sightsavers in a consortium 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 International, and Social Development Direct. The Helpdesk will ensure that programme learning, new evidence and technical support is embedded in DFID.
SDDirect works together with DID consortium members, a pool of over 60 senior disability experts and a team of in-house researchers to refine and respond to queries from DFID, the FCO and other government departments.
Today we are publishing a series of queries on the policy, programming and evidence landscape on disability inclusion in specific areas:
- The first Helpdesk evidence digest, summarising the latest evidence and policy updates on disability inclusion
- Evidence on factors affecting access to and the uptake of family planning for women and girls with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries
- The impact of training programmes on employment and livelihoods outcomes for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries
- Evidence on approaches to ensuring people with disabilities are reached through nutrition programming, focusing on children, adolescents, and women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries
- Key risk factors for HIV among people with disabilities
- The evidence on disability inclusion in humanitarian response
- Mental health, maternal health and sexual and reproductive health
- Policy and programmes in Gaza
You can also find them on the gov.uk website here.
If you are an HMG staff member with questions on disability inclusion, get in touch with the Helpdesk with any questions or requests and we will respond within 24 hours: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.