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4.2.4 Results

As a result of these efforts, there are now a fair number of aspects on disability in the PRSP of Bangladesh (see Government of Bangladesh, 2005, pp. 157-58). A separate chapter with two pages has been included under the heading "Ensuring Participation, Social Inclusion and Empowerment". The suggested actions in this chapter cover the following seven themes:

  • Disability data collection
  • National Disability Action Plan
  • Education
  • Health sector
  • Income-earning
  • Mobility and accessibility
  • Participation in decision-making

Unfortunately, most of the proposed actions have not yet been implemented. According to information from ADD, only programmes which had already been planned before the PRS (but incorporated in it, as PRS is supposed to be an overarching strategy) have been partially implemented, namely:

  • Micro credits are now available for people with disabilities (related to income-earning)
  • Disability allowances are paid as social assistance.

Both programmes are only implemented when people with disabilities claim for them at local level. Therefore the budget allocation is greater when people with disabilities are organised in some way (e.g. when they have formed a DPO) (for details see ADD's report).

Most issues within the government are communicated in Bangla, the country’s official language, and this automatically excludes the majority of the international staff of (I)NGOs. Handicap International therefore relied on NFOWD to contact the Planning Commission and other relevant persons. For its part, NFOWD used Handicap International as a technical advisor. NFOWD and Handicap International also advised the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children UK on how to include children with disabilities in the national PRS. These examples show that partnerships and alliances between national and international organisations may be structured in different ways and can be very effective. After the input from Handicap International with respect to the position paper and its summary, NFOWD continued its advocacy with the government while remaining a member of the National Committee on Disability within the government.

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