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Inclusion of persons with disabilities in development cooperation

From the very beginning the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism of the German Institute for Human Rights monitored the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in development cooperation. Since 2017 it has been following this field of policy more closely.

In order to do so, GIZ (German agency for international cooperation) commissioned the Monitoring Mechanism to concentrate further its independent monitoring of the implementation of the CRPD by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)). In addition, Germany’s development and foreign policy in general is also being monitored. The project covers a period of 2½ years.

So far its activities have included participation in the evaluation of BMZ’s action plan for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. This evaluation was conducted in 2016-2017 by the German Institute for Development Evaluation with a reference group where the Monitoring Mechanism participated. Further, the Monitoring Mechanism took part in the ongoing consultation for the establishment of BMZs new inclusion strategy. It has published documents based on its own research on current topics of development cooperation.

Dr Judith Striek is responsible for the project as researcher and policy adviser.

Further information:

Topic "Development cooperation"

Position No. 14: Supporting persons with disabilities through German development cooperation. How inclusive development cooperation can be a success

Position No. 14 in simple language: How can Germany help persons with disabilities in other countries? (in German only)


Dr. Judith Striek
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 25 93 59 - 468
e-mail: striek(at)