One billion of the world’s population – one out of every seven people on the planet – are women, men, girls, and boys with disabilities.1 According to the United Nations (UN), at least 80% of that billion are estimated to live in developing countries,2 where they make up a disproportionate percentage of the poorest sections of the community, an important group for development actors. Despite their significance for development, many previous global efforts to reduce poverty, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have not explicitly addressed disability.

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