Disabled ‘must gain from foreign aid’

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Britain must show “much more ambition” in ensuring the disabled benefit from foreign aid and are not left behind in emergencies, MPs said.

A report by the Commons international development committee praised efforts by international development Ministers to promote their rights.

But they said the UK 
should exercise its international influence more to prevent disabled people remaining “the poorest of the poor” in developing countries and facing appalling abuse.

The MPs suggested aid should only be channelled via agencies which showed they were committed to taking action on the 
issue.

That could include supplying accessible toilets or moving people to the front of queues of refugees or disaster victims. The Department for International Development also needed to hire more staff with disabilities at home and abroad to set an example, they said.

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