Today the International Development Select Committee has released its Report on Disability and Development. You can read it here
Motivation submitted evidence to the report, and we welcome the results. Whilst it does recognise recent steps the UK government has made to include disability in its programmes, it believes a more ambitious commitment is required from a donor of their size and influence.
- The report also recommends that the government increases its spending on rehabilitation and basic care, which includes the provision of mobility devices.
- It also highlights that only 5% of Government spending is on programmes designed to support disabled people, despite disabled people making up 15% of the global population.
David Constantine, MBE, president and co-founder of Motivation, explains why this is so crucial:
“One billion people around the world live with some sort of disability. 800 million of these people live in poverty, and around 70 million need a wheelchair. Without mobility, millions of disabled people in the developing world are unable to leave their homes, go to school, or work. Many are left to lie on the floor. Many more die from preventable complications.
That’s why Motivation provides the right wheelchair in the right way, so disabled people can stay healthy, get mobile and play an active part in their communities. Therefore we are extremely pleased that the report is calling on the Government to focus on the practical needs of disabled people in the developing world, by asking them to increase spending on assistive devices like wheelchairs.
We now urge the Government to listen.
Alongside the World Health Organisation, we helped to produce wheelchair guidelines that ensure more people in the developing world receive an appropriate wheelchair, and the right training, to meet their needs. The report points the UK Government to these guidelines, and suggests they increase the volume of wheelchairs they purchase.
We will continue to share our expertise to help support the UK government, but we call on them to take on board the recommendations of this report. Disabled people experience some of the most extreme poverty in the world, and need specific and targeted support. The Government now has an opportunity to take the lead, to ensure disabled people are no longer excluded.”