How to measure disability: survey usability versus usefulness

Data use

The concept of disability is complex and its definition often changes depending on who you ask. A comprehensive view of disability should include functions and structure, limitations in activities or restrictions in participation as well as characteristics of both the person and their environment. These factors already make it tricky to measure disability itself, and […]

Disability and aid spending: Can we use the DAC’s peer review mechanism to ensure aid is inclusive of persons with disabilities?


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the underlying aim to leave no one behind, hinges upon resources, policies and programmes focusing on the most marginalised people. Persons with disabilities have until now been left behind by the development agenda, but the SDGs include a clear commitment to better include disability. The collection and use […]

Why aid data needs to say more about persons with disabilities


“How much aid money goes to disability-inclusive projects?” With global disability prevalence estimated at more than 15%, and with known links between disability and poverty, it’s an obvious question – all the more so in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) pledge to leave no one behind. On the surface, it’s a very […]

Disability data to leave no one behind


This level of recognition for disability is essential as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) will only be a success if it really does ensure that no one is left behind – and that means we must focus on those at a greatest risk of being so. There is a fundamental logic at […]