25 May, 2015 - Plan welcomes govt's aid strategy for people with disability

Child rights organisation Plan International Australia welcomes today’s release of the Australian Government's strategy to extend the inclusion of people with disabilities into the Australian aid program.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, earlier released the strategy - Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program – which is designed to extend the inclusion of people with disabilities in Australia’s aid program.

“At Plan, we work extensively with and continually look to support people with disabilities in the developing world. People with disabilities are at potentially greater risk of marginalisation and isolation than anyone else, so it’s encouraging to see the government addressing these issues,” says Ian Wishart, Plan International Australia CEO.

However, Wishart notes, recent aid cuts will inevitably have an impact on people with disabilities in the developing world.

“Cuts in Australian aid are always going to fall disproportionately on the most disadvantaged, and frequently the most disadvantaged in poor communities are the disabled. That means these cuts are always going to be felt particularly by people with disabilities,” he says.

“As a child-focused development organisation, we know that children with disabilities are even more heavily impacted by aid cuts simply because they are among the most vulnerable members of any community,” Wishart adds.

Plan works with partners across the world to insure disabled people, particularly children, are able to participate in and benefit from our work throughout developing countries.

Editors’ notes: Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world, founded 75 years ago, working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and supported by 21 donor countries. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945