Backgrounder: Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network

Backgrounder

The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network was launched in London in December 2015.

GLAD are a group of like-minded partners who recognize that to realize the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leave no one behind, and to further the principles reflected in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international community needs to work together to share expertise, coordinate actions, and raise the profile of disability across a broader range of organizations contributing to international development efforts.

Consistent with Article 32 of the CPRD, GLAD’s goals are for its members to: increase coordination of their disability-inclusive contributions; learn from each other by sharing knowledge and resources; amplify their common and united voice for maximum influence; and diversify the community of partners contributing resources to disability-inclusive development and humanitarian action.

The condition for membership in the network is that the organization is contributing financial resources to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action.

Between 2010 and 2016, the Government of Canada invested over 77 million dollars in international projects for which disability issues were fundamental in the design and impact of the investment.

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