Making international cooperation work for persons with disabilities

Project description

Title: Global Project on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2023

A man with a visual impairment in Bangladesh sitting at a computer, wearing a headset and laughing Copyright: GIZ/Fahad Abdullah Kaizer


Inclusion is a concept of human coexistence in a society in which participation and diversity are a matter of course.

Up to now, however, numerous barriers have hindered equal participation, for example in education and training, in health care and on the labour market. Around the globe, the most disadvantaged groups include women, children, young people and displaced persons with disabilities. Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts or displacement further exacerbate these inequalities.

Inclusive development cooperation (DC) means enabling the social participation of people with disabilities and removing barriers. An entire society benefits from this approach.


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its implementing organisations take the inclusion of persons with disabilities into greater consideration in development activities.

A woman and a man playing wheelchair basketball outside  GIZ/Apelete Assogba


The project advises BMZ and supports innovative approaches towards inclusion in the partner countries of German development cooperation. In terms of content, priorities include training and employment, supply chains, health care, basic education, digitalisation and innovation, cooperation with the private sector, financial services, sport for development, good governance and urban/municipal development. All project measures are actively supported by persons with disabilities from the partner countries in their role as ‘protagonists of change’.

The project is currently implementing 10 measures for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in 14 partner countries. For example, it is teaming up with private-sector companies in Ghana, India and Kenya to support inclusive approaches towards the recruitment and vocational training of young women and men with disabilities.

At present, around 133 projects in 58 partner countries of German cooperation are contributing to the inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide.

Last update: April 2022

Children playing in a schoolyard. In the front, a girl using a wheelchair. Copyright: GIZ

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