Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development (DFID) will launch a data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24 July.
Inconsistent or poor-quality data has long hampered the progress of development efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. TheLeonard Cheshire Disability Portal will in provide detailed information related to a range of specific disabilities.
The Leonard Cheshire Disability Portal is an important and potentially game changing contribution to international development.
For the first-time, disaggregated data from multiple and diverse sources - across 16 development indicators in 40 countries - will be pooled together in one resource. Data around key development themes including inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology/innovation and stigma/discrimination will be available.
Uniquely, it enables cross-country comparisons and comprehensive analysis and as new data is identified it can easily be added. The portal is also 2030 centric and considers the International Disability Alliance's listof Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)indicators prioritised in terms of disaggregated data.
The portal will be easily accessible to government officials, experts and advocates and aims to ensure people with disabilities, including groups such as girls with disabilities, are fully considered and included in development programmes and action.
The development of the portal supports the ambition of the UK government to raise global attention and focus on a long-neglected area, mobilise new global and national commitments on disability and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.
Neil Heslop, Leonard Cheshire's CEO, said: "This is the first time that a sample of collated data on disability of this size, bringing together so many different sources of data, with so many indicators has been analysed and made publicly available. The development of the portal is something we're immensely proud of and is indicative of a long term, productive relationship with DFID. We hope it will continue to build towards being the definitive source of disability data and provide a foundation for swift progress."
Secretary of State for International Development,Penny Mordaunt, said:"There is a lack of shared understanding about the lives of people with disabilities around the world. Globally, we are not collecting enough data about people with disabilities, and we are not sharing it widely with those who can use it. This makes it harder for all governments to design policies to benefit people with disabilities, and for citizens to hold them to account. That is why we are working in partnership with Leonard Cheshire to fulfil our shared ambition of making this data available for everyone to use."
Judy Heumann, Leonard Cheshire's Global Ambassador, added: "The presentation of quality data will enable governments as well as disability advocacy organizations to gain greater understanding of the living conditions of people with disabilities. This substantive information will enable governments and DPOs (disabled people's organisations) to work aggressively to develop and advance legislation aimed at improving outcomes in areas such as education, housing, employment, transportation etc. Ultimately, I hope that this data will enable governments to understand that when they are collecting data, disability data also needs to be collected as well."
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*Notes to Editors
Leonard Cheshire is an international organisation with over 65 years' experience, five regional offices in Africa and Asia and a deeply rooted network of over 200 Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members in 54 countries. Leonard Cheshire Disability works worldwide to create a society in which every person is equally valued, ensuring that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential by living independently, contributing economically, and participating fully and equitably in society, working with a range of stakeholders and in close collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members.