Disability and Inclusion at the World Bank

Americas, Events, News, June 11 2018

NEW YORK, USA: The World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Sightsavers and Leonard Cheshire are holding an event on “Disability and Inclusion at World Bank” on the occasion of the 11th Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York.

Including persons with disabilities and expanding equitable opportunities are at the core of the World Bank’s work to build sustainable, inclusive communities, aligned with the institution’s goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. This side event will showcase the Bank’s work on disability-inclusive development through social safeguards, operations and global analytics.

At the side event, the World Bank will present the Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework which provides internal guidance and principles for the Bank’s engagement in disability inclusion. It lays out a road map for including disability in the Bank’s policies, operations and analytical work, and for building internal capacity for supporting clients in implementing disability-inclusive development. The framework supports the implementation of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) which includes provisions designed to ensure that the interests of persons with disabilities are protected and included in the Bank’s investment lending operations in client countries.

The side event will also present examples of the Bank’s multi-sectoral work on building internal capacity and supporting client governments in undertaking actions to address the needs of persons with disabilities.  These will include (i) efforts to promote accessible tourism in Uruguay and Latin America overall, (ii) the release of a report on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and a Disability Inclusion in DRM Action Plan, and (iii) a guidance note on incorporating the Washington Group short set for disaggregation in Living Standards Measurement Studies and other household surveys conducted and supported by the World Bank.

The event will further showcase how the World Bank engages in and benefits from collaboration and partnerships with civil society organizations.

It will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 1.15-2.30 pm at United Nations, New York, Conference Room B.  Anyone in town for CoSP is welcome to attend the event.



  • Maitreyi B. Das, Practice Manager, World Bank Group


  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group
  • Margaret Arnold, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank Group
  • Anne-Katrin Arnold, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Group
  • Fred Smith, Head of Policy, Sightsavers
  • Tiziana Oliva, Executive Director-International, Leonard Cheshire
The World Bank Logo

Source: World Bank

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