Generally speaking, Disability knows no national boundaries and cuts across every ethnic community, gender, age,
sexual orientation , religion, and socio-economic class. Discrimination, marginalization,
accessibility barriers, and other forms of exclusion put people with disabilities at a disadvantage
in accessing education, employment, healthcare, justice, or even water and sanitation. This is felt across all spheres of life.
Even when policies are robust and comprehensive in upholding the need for disability inclusion
across all international development projects, there is still often a gap between policy and
practice. in other words, Lack of data can be a large obstacle in disability-inclusive policymaking and programming. Lack of data on disability also increases marginalization and
failure to address the challenges and discrimination encountered by persons with disabilities. Without data, we cannot know where a country stands concerning
the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities. We are not able to show where progress has been made and, equally, we are not able to show
where gaps exists. Without data, we cannot compare counties against other or different different districts with each other to see how they are
making progress on implementing rights. If persons with disabilities are not counted, then they don’t count. As a result, effective policymaking will suffer
and persons with disabilities will fall off the statistical “map.” Evidence-based data on persons with disabilities at the county, national and global levels is
instrumental in identifying the policy gaps and challenges faced by persons with disabilities that can support policymakers to address these gaps and amend
existing policies and regulations.
For example, implementation of Kenyan employment policies and the number of the unemployed persons with disabilities!
We need to break the unemployment divide.
Where are persons with disabilities to fill the vacancies as advertised?
Will government and non-state actors remove all the barriers?
A major barrier to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for persons with disabilities is a scarcity of disaggregated data on disability. This prevents the development of appropriate and effective disability-inclusive policy. The COVID
Analyzing the national frameworks of many global south it’s a gloomy picture for persons with disabilities.
Coupled with COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected persons with disabilities. It has also blocked the flow of disability data at the moment when it is needed the most.
Studies have shown organizations of persons with disabilities and their representatives have been demanding the ministries of health to at list start disability desegregated data during Covid but it seems is a heavy barrier.
Moreover, the target of Kenya to ensure collection of disability desegregated data seem to have killed persons with disabilities as per the KBS 2009. It is on record the current 2019 figures have been disputed in the disability sector.
Fortunately, government of Kenya and some stakeholders will be soon launching a road map for 3 years which will elaborate on the inclusive disability chatter and resource mobilization for a specific disability survey.
On the other hand, Article 32 of the CRPD attempts to address these inequities by requiring bilateral and
multilateral international development agencies to be disability inclusive in the projects they fund
or implement to improve health and education outcomes or to reduce poverty. Many of these
bilateral and multilateral agencies have made commitments to disability inclusion. But policies
across the dozens of agencies are vastly uneven in the extent to which they discuss disability,
the extent to which this discussion is consistent with a social model or human rights approach to disability, and the extent to which they promote inclusion. Additionally, with the upcoming of the next global disability summit cohosted by Norway virtually.
Will the governments and the non-state actors have met the commitments they made in 2018?
Join us in the disability sausage YouTube channel for much mouthwatering articles
The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“Excellence of making inclusion happen”