The GLAD Network and IDA, supported by the FCDO, held a two day workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to address the barriers faced by organisations of persons with disabilities in accessing funding opportunities to enable their meaningful participation in development efforts.

The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network met in Ottawa on 29 April – 1 May 2019 for its annual meeting. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) co-chaired the meeting. Global Affairs Canada, together with Inclusion International and the World Blind Union, hosted the meeting. Read the communique of the meeting at this page.

GLAD side-event cosp11

This annual side-event on the GLAD Network, in conjunction with the 11th Session of COSP on the GLAD Network, provided updates on the work of the GLAD Network, including information on progress, activities, and achievements of the GLAD Network over the past year.


During the 10th Session of the conference of States Parties to the CRPD (13-15 June 2017), the GLAD co-chairs hosted a side-event titled: Coordinating action among the donor community. The side-event worked to increase visibility of GLAD as the core Network for sharing expertise, coordinating actions, and raising the profile of disability-inclusion. It also helped to raise awareness among stakeholders of how they can support priorities under GLAD’s  themes of disability-disaggregated data, disability-inclusive humanitarian action, education and social protection, and demonstrate to potential members the value of future engagement with the Network. The session was moderated by IDA, as co-chair of the Network, and had an Opening Address from Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, HE Ms Gillian Bird.

Split screen of conference delegates       

Conference delegates sitting at a large oval table

4 split screens of conference delegates

Conference delegates sat at a large rectangular table

Conference delegates meeting

The Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network is a coordination body of bilateral and multilateral donors and agencies, the private sector and foundations working to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action.  

GLAD Network members at the second Network meeting in Helsinki

The GLAD Network members work together to take actions consistent with the goals of the Network and the GLAD Network Strategic Plan. The GLAD Network meets at least annually.

The (GLAD) Network was launched in London in December 2015, by a group of like-minded partners who recognise that to realise the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leave no one behind, and to further the principles reflected in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the international community needs to work together to share expertise, coordinate actions, and raise the profile of disability across a broader range of organisations contributing to international development efforts.

Working group on Education

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is the permanent co-chair of the GLAD Network, and the current second co-chair is the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

To know more about the GLAD Network members and ways of working, please visit this page or contact glad [at]

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