G3ict Releases the Second Edition of the DARE Index: Real-World Data for Advocates and Policy Makers to Track Digital Accessibility Implementation

Global, ICT, News, October 9 2020

The DARE Index 2020 features an upgraded data collection, with 137 individual country report cards, an expanded methodology, advance analysis, and two key report highlights in four languages.


G3ict logo. Text G3ict releases DARE Index 2020ATLANTA: The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) announces the release of the second edition of the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation (DARE) Index — DARE Index 2020 — a benchmarking tool for disability advocates, governments, civil society, international organizations and policy makers to trace country progress in making Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) accessible for all, in compliance with Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Data collection for the DARE Index 2020 was completed in cooperation with Disabled People’s International (DPI) and its National Assemblies, along with the support of other organizations of persons with disabilities and experts in countries around the world where DPI correspondents were not available. With 90% of the world population covered, the second edition of the DARE Index comprehensively documents the advances made by 137 countries, among the 182 States Parties to the CRPD, in eight regions: Africa, Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, Europe, Latin American and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Northern America and South Asia.

On the occasion of the DARE Index launch, Axel Leblois, President of G3ict, remarked, “The results of the DARE Index 2020 demonstrate the considerable advances of digital accessibility advocacy as a majority of countries are now implementing policies and programs in application of Article 9 of the CRPD. The DARE Index 2020 also points to gaps in their implementation and proven solutions to overcome those. Our sincere appreciation goes to the more than 160 local advocates participating in the DARE Index Research Panel for their detailed sharing of information, which constitutes a unique resource for governments, advocates and civil society.”

Mrs. Henrietta Davis-Wray (DPI Global-Chair) commented, “Based on the results shown in the DARE Index 2020, Disabled People’s International (DPI) would like to commend all government efforts around the globe on enhancing their commitment towards the deployment of laws, policies, and regulations to ensure the right of persons with disabilities to digital accessibility and inclusive ICTs. We at DPI yet recognize the continuing gap on the levels of implementation capacity and outcomes that are reflected through the ten ICT areas addressed in this year’s DARE Index. We look at this reality with even stronger motivation and commitment to continue our advocacy and mobilization efforts in partnership with G3ict to call on all stakeholders to further invest in enhancing global and multilateral collaboration for ensuring the right of persons with disabilities to digital accessibility and inclusive ICT in light of the CRPD and other related human right treaties and sustainable development goal platforms. We would like to congratulate G3ict at this extremely important occasion of releasing the DARE Index 2020, and we would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for its precious partnership to together continue our joined efforts promoting the right of persons with disabilities to digital accessibility and inclusive ICTs.”

The DARE Index 2020 edition relies on an upgraded data collection, with 26 new countries compared to the 2018 edition, and on an expanded methodology featuring three new variables and incorporating qualitative research for the top 15 performing countries to document in-country specific laws, regulations, and policies serving as an additional informative resource. It also offers advanced analysis such as the relationship between ratification date and DARE Index Points and a separate comparative analysis for 105 countries that participated in 2018 and 2020 DARE Index editions. Furthermore, in order to reach a larger audience and better support G3ict’s advocacy mission, the DARE Index 2020 two accompanying key report highlights have been translated and are available in four languages (Arabic, English, French, and Spanish).

The DARE Index is an independent research program managed by the G3ict’s Institutional Advocacy Division. G3ict is supported by financial contributions from corporations and foundations including Adobe, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, Waymap and BarrierBreak. “We are grateful to our corporate and institutional partners for their ongoing support and enthusiasm for the DARE Index and for making this work possible,” highlighted Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ict’s Vice President of Institutional Relations and Advocacy.

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