Knowledge Note

"Learn how to render Bank operations more welcoming toward the differently-abled."

More than a billion persons globally, about 15 percent of the world’s population, are estimated to have a disability. Most of them live in developing countries. This number is expected to increase because the prevalence of disability is affected by a range of factors, including aging, war and conflict, natural disasters, and forced displacement.

Persons with disabilities face higher rates of multidimensional poverty compared with persons without disabilities. They encounter attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Disability-inclusive development is directly responsive to the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The global development and poverty reduction agenda will not be effective unless it addresses the socioeconomic inequality of persons with disabilities and ensures their participation in all stages of development programs.

The main objective of this Executive Summary’s mentioned Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework is to support the mainstreaming of disability in World Bank activities. It lays out a road map for (a) including disability in the Bank`s policies, operations and analytical work, and (b) building internal capacity for supporting clients in implementing disability-inclusive development programs. The primary target audience of the Framework is Bank staff but it is also relevant to the Bank`s client countries, development partners and persons with disabilities.

This Executive Summary is part of a larger report that is a product of collaboration between the World Bank Group and International Labor Organization. To access the full report, please click here. The World Bank Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework was prepared as a knowledge product by a team led by Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo (Global Disability Advisor) and Lauri Sivonen (Senior Disability and Development Specialist), with Deepti Samant Raja (Disability and Development Consultant), Simona Palummo (Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant), and Elizabeth Acul (Program Assistant) in the Global Programs Unit of the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice (GSURR).