Planning for equity: Making consultation processes inclusive of diverse people with disabilities
For international development policy and programming to be truly transformational, equity and inclusion cannot just be outcomes of the strategies or policies, they must also drive the process. Inclusion must
be central to policy or program planning from the start and not just an additional extra.
The international development sector is united in its commitment to partner with people with disabilities and their representative organisations to make equity outcomes a reality in all practices. To make this happen, consultation processes to develop all policies relating to the sector need to be accessible and inclusive. This is vital for the policies to lead to inclusive practice and outcomes.
This paper provides a summary of what good practice disability-inclusive consultation looks like, where the outcome is to create greater equity for all people with disabilities.
It is informed by what has worked well in consultation processes to ensure effective inclusion and
is grounded in detailed recommendations and guidelines from Organisations of People with
Disabilities (OPDs) and people with disabilities.