AusAID’s Disability-Inclusive Development Reference Group (DRG) was established in early 2009. It is a small honorary advisory group comprising international and Australian leaders and active participants in disability-inclusive development.
The role of the DRG is to provide high level guidance on disability-inclusive development and help to shape AusAID’s implementation of the Development for All strategy.
Development for All was launched by the Australian Government in 2008. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes in a genuine manner, and that they share equally in the benefits of Australia’s development assistance.
Strengthening the focus on disability supports Australia in meeting its obligations under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), particularly Article 32 which requires States Parties to ensure that international cooperation is inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.
The DRG ensures that the transparent consultative approach taken during the development of the strategy is formalised, guiding the implementation and forming part of the accountability mechanisms for the strategy.