Share

International Service

International Service

'Bringing disability into the mainstream'

‘It is not acceptable for a development organisation to say, “we are doing some nice disability projects and some nice water projects”,’ says Jane Carter, chief executive of International Service. ‘It is time to see the inclusion of disabled people as intrinsic to every project.’

International Service works in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East providing skilled and experienced people to collaborate with locally organised initiatives. For three years, the charity has specifically striven towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in every part of the development process.

Under the banner ‘mainstreaming disability in development’, International Service organised two international conferences and devised new approaches with partner organisations in West Africa. According to the World Bank, disabled people make up 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people, but very few funders address this need. The following situation described by Mrs Djikiné, a disabled people’s activist from Mali, is typical. ‘In my country disabled people are the poorest people in the community because they have no access to education, no access to healthcare and no access to other facilities such as micro-credit.’

The two conferences, held in London in 2001 and 2003, raised awareness of the issues and contributed towards new government guidelines.

‘We have initiated partnerships in Mali and Burkina Faso to discuss negative stereotyping, disabled people’s needs and what they have to offer as employees,’ says Carter.

The Charity Awards 2004 - Highly CommendedJane Carter
Chief executive
57 Goodramgate
York
YO1 7FX
01904 647799
Reg no. 1069182
www.internationalservice.org.uk

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Follow Charity Awards

Overall Awards partner

CAF

 

Sponsored by

Ebury Partners

 

Kleinwort Benson

 

National media partner

The Times

News & Announcements

Sports charity launches £3.38m lottery-funded communities scheme

National sports charity StreetGames has been granted £3.38m of National Lottery funding to establish...

John Low, CAF; David Townsend and Linda Jonsson, Peas; Nick Hurd, minister for civil society

A charity that has built 22 secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia and educated over 8,000 youngsters...

David Carrington, winner of the Outstanding Achievement award at the Charity Awards 2013

Voluntary sector consultant and adviser David Carrington has been honoured with the Outstanding Achievement...