We are now in the middle of the preparatory process for the Third Conference on Financing for Development, which will take place from 13 to 16 July 2015 in Addis Ababa. The agreed outcome document of the conference will constitute a very important contribution to the post-2015 development agenda.
IDA and IDDC aim at influencing the outcome document at two levels: at the macroeconomic level by asking for systemic changes in the financial architecture that will be relevant to persons with disabilities, and at a more specific level by asking for explicit mentions of persons with disabilities in the areas of social protection, data and participation.
Below is a summary of the main recommendations:
- Accessibility must be a key criterion in the mobilization and execution of domestic and international resources. This will ensure access to services and infrastructures that are available to all from the start. Accessibility means avoiding the creation of barriers that will be expensive to dismantle later and that will prevent the effective use by all people of these services and infrastructures. “Spend accessibly now, save money and benefit everyone”.
- Progressive increase of domestic and international resource execution is required to ensure access to necessary disability support services aimed at the inclusion of persons with disabilities such as assistive devices, community-based services, social protection schemes, support for employment and self-employment. This will ensure country ownership and will help governments meet their agreed human rights commitments.
- The impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and other private flows should be closely monitored and assessed to ensure they create improvements in employment and livelihoods prospects for persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups, rather than further disadvantaging them. Also, there should be effective regulatory and safeguard policies and redress mechanisms inclusive of and accessible for persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups.
- ODA and other international public support for development should be strengthened to ensure enough resources for persons with disabilities.
- A multi-stakeholder, people-centered and inclusive approach must refer to the right of persons with disabilities to participate in the design, implementation, financing and monitoring of budget and fiscal policies. This will enable stronger accountability mechanisms to be put in place.
- Disaggregation of administrative data by disability, along with gender and age, is necessary to achieve transparency and accountability and make sure that financing for sustainable development reaches the most marginalized populations.
The drafting sessions for the outcome document are scheduled for the week starting January 26 and then 13-17 April and 15-19 June. The hearings for civil society and the private sector are on 4-5 March.
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