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Including the disability dimension in development programmes and policies

“Including Disability in Development Cooperation: Experiences of Collaboration between Governments, NGOs and DPOs” is the topic of an international conference held on Wednesday 18 November at the Farnesina in Rome. The conference was introduced by Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mario Giro, and jointly sponsored by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation and the Italian Disabilities and Development Network. It was open to the representatives of all the institutions and civil society bodies working to include the disability dimension in development programmes and policies. Participants included the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and EUROPEAID, numerous European cooperation agencies and the principal OPDs and NGOs working in this field. The Director General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Gianpaolo Cantini, closed the proceedings.