One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Disability prevalence is also higher in developing countries, as well as amongst vulnerable groups.

Infrastructure and cities have the potential to drive sustainable and transformative economic development that promotes equality, empowerment and economic inclusion.

However, the gains of economic growth do not automatically flow to the most vulnerable, including those with disabilities, and requires a mindful and deliberate approach to ensure these groups benefit. Well planned infrastructure and inclusive urban services are fundamental to unlocking the potential of people with disabilities.

ICED offers expertise to DFID advisers on how to take best practice in principles of disability inclusion and apply them to infrastructure and urban programming in practice. The facility’s approach recognises the need for disability related interventions in cities to go beyond physical access. Our recent work includes:

Papers, case studies, presentations and research materials  on this topic include: