Areas of Expertise
Inclusive Development: People with Disabilities
In the developing world, people with disabilities historically have been isolated from development assistance activities that directly affect them. AIR is a leader in the promotion of inclusive development, an emerging area of development that focuses on the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities and their associated organizations in development cooperation. We provide targeted assistance that strengthens the organizations’ technical capacity to implement programs, conduct research and training, and reinforce their fiscal capacity to manage and seek development assistance grants and contracts. AIR plays a major role in dialoguing with donors and governments in order to increase awareness of the vital need to integrate inclusive development in the work of international development.
The purpose of the ENGAGE Project in Pakistan was to increase the participation of Disabled People’s Organizations and people with disabilities in the planning and implementation of development efforts.
Little research has been done to understand the interplay between HIV/AIDS and disability at the household or community level, either nationally or globally. This pilot study is only the first of many necessary steps to understand the complex and little researched relationship between HIV/AIDS and disability.
The USAID-funded ENGAGE Project is introducing inclusive education for children with disabilities in Bagh, Pakistan. Twenty-five teachers in Bagh are participating in Pakistan's first project to introduce inclusive education training in a public school setting.