- June 9, 2019


Why this survey?

Historically, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations have been kept away from decision-making mechanisms. They are rarely consulted in planning and monitoring decisions that affect their lives. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) under Article 4.3 mandates States to “closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organisations”, and to do so “in the development and implementation of legislation and policies to implement the Convention, and in other decision-making processes concerning issues relating to persons with disabilities”. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also calls for ‘leaving no one behind’. 

The International Disability Alliance has established an accountability mechanism: the IDA Global Survey to Monitor DPO Participation in Development Policies and Programmes.

The IDA Global Survey is the first ever global monitoring tool to track the participation of all persons with disabilities and their organizations in development programmes and policies across all development/human rights issues through all stages of development of policies and programmes (from design to evaluation).

The first edition of the IDA Global Survey which will serve as a baseline to monitor changes every two years was launched in December 2018, through an online questionnaire in English plain language, also available in Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and in International Sign.

For more information, please contact the IDA Secretariat at globalsurvey [at]

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