Leonard Cheshire welcomes IDC report on importance of disability inclusion expertise

Leonard Cheshire has welcomed an International Development Committee report which demonstrates the importance of retaining the Department for International Development’s (DFID) expertise in disability inclusion in global development.

It was responding to what it described as an “impulsive decision” to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The report said the move “is likely to have dire consequences.”

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Welcoming the findings, Tiziana Oliva, executive director for global influencing and impact at Leonard Cheshire, said: “We welcome the latest report from the International Development Committee (IDC), highlighting the pivotal role the Department for International Development (DFID) plays in tackling poverty and ensuring global sustainable development plans are inclusive.

“The UK, with leadership from DFID, has been a global champion in disability inclusion, providing life-changing education, employment and social opportunities for persons with disabilities. This absolutely must continue.”

Adding: “Leonard Cheshire wants to see the recommendations from the IDC report put into action, ensuring the UK’s world-class expertise in development and inclusion are maintained in the DFID and Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) merger.”

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