Development for All strategy - Mid-term review
Release of the mid-term review of Development for All—Australia’s strategy for disability-inclusive development
An independent mid-term review of AusAID’s Development for All strategy found that AusAID has been able to make ‘considerable and impressive’ progress towards becoming a more inclusive aid program. The Development for All strategy was launched in November 2008 and improves the effectiveness of Australia’s aid program by ensuring that people with disability—about 15 per cent of the world’s population or one billion people—benefit equally from the aid program.
The mid-term review was conducted to identify what has been achieved and to provide information to improve and refine work undertaken under the strategy. Consultations for the review took place in countries across the region, including Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa and Thailand.
The review team had a strong focus on ensuring a disability-inclusive approach and received input from disabled people's organisations and people with disability, including members of AusAID’s Disability-Inclusive Development Reference Group.
The review strongly supports the direction that AusAID is taking under the strategy. Australia is seen as a leading donor in this field, with the Australian aid program contributing to real improvements in the lives of people with disability.
The review team believes AusAID can do even better in ensuring inclusion and access for people with disability to its programs. This will be achieved through greater awareness and understanding of disability-inclusive development, stronger up-front analysis and continued management support. AusAID welcomes the findings of the review and agrees to all 10 of its recommendations.
Disability-inclusive development is central to Australia’s efforts in helping people overcome poverty. AusAID will continue to ensure that people with disability play an active and central role in guiding and informing its work on disability-inclusive development.