About Making Development Inclusive 2010-2012

‘Making Development Inclusive’ aimed to improve mainstreaming of disability in international development activities conducted by European state and non-state actors in line with the CRPD.

More specifically, the project focused on strengthening the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) as an expert civil society resource on disability and international development issues for the European Commission, European Member States and Non State Actors in Europe thereby promoting consistent understanding and implementation of the CRPD in Member States development cooperation.

Under this project, IDDC built up its capacity to advocate successfully at the EU level and will develop materials and resources to assist practitioners and policy-makers in making inclusive international development a reality. IDDC was strengthened as a hub for the provision of expertise on mainstreaming disability in development to national and international state and non-state actors.



‘Making Development Inclusive’ was financed by Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DG DEVCO). The project is a sequel to ‘Disability mainstreaming in Development Co-operation’ (2006-2008).

The total project was worth €731,827 with a contribution from the European Commission of €548,870.


Partners involved

The lead applicant for the project is IDDC Member Leonard Cheshire Disability, and in addition to IDDC, ten IDDC members are also project partners:


  • Associazione Amici di Raoul Follereau
  • CBM Germany
  • CBM Ireland
  • Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development – DCDD
  • Handicap International France
  • Handicap International Luxembourg
  • Light for the World
  • Platform Handicap en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking
  • Sightsavers International
  • Svenska handikapporganisationers internationella utvecklingssamarbete



Main achievements and outputs during the project implementation period (January 2010 – March 2013) include:


  • Toolkits and accessibility guidelines drafted, peer reviewed and disseminated
  • Mapping of the policies and programmes to be monitored for incorporating the CRPD
  • Exchanges with EU actors on topics including the Multi-annual Financial Framework, the Agenda for change, the EU external action policy and the CRPD implementation
  • Roundtable discussion ‘The Role of Parliamentarians in advancing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ at the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Budapest in 2011
  • Inputs to EC consultations, policies and processes that led to take persons with disabilities in development cooperation into account
  • Representation at the European Development Days, including a stand in 2010, a panel on inclusive development in 2011 and a high level panel on inclusive microfinance in 2012
  • Two 2-days training of trainers’ workshops
  • 6 national training conferences and workshops conducted by project partners reaching a total around 450 members
  • Development and dissemination of the manual ‘Making Inclusion a Reality in Development Organisations: A manual for advisors in disability mainstreaming’
  • Publication on ‘CBR Guidelines as a Tool for Community Based Inclusive Development Community Based Rehabilitation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’
  • Publication on ‘CRPD and International Cooperation: resources for inclusive development’
  • Workshop ‘Development inclusive of persons with disabilities- current processes and future challenges” in 2012

IDDC logo in 2010-2012   AIFO logo in 2010-2012    Handicap International logo in 2010-2012

CBM International logo

DCDD logo in 2010-2012      Light for the World logo in 2010-2012  PHOS logo in 2010-2012

SHIA logo in 2010-2012    Sightsavers in 2010-2012



Making Development Inclusive Project
is funded by the European Union