Behinderung und Entwicklungs­zusammen­arbeit e.V.


Every person is unique from the beginning and remains like that for life. We get different sizes, some of us are creative, handcrafted more or less skillful. This diversity is normal. Or- what is normal?

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Since then, it is binding for all member states. Nevertheless there still are violations of these universal rights in many countries. Often, people with disabilities have problems to assert their rights. Since the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect in May 2008, there exists a legal foundation of the rights for people with disabilities. That way, they can refer to an international settlement to demand their fundamental rights:

Millenium Development Goals and Disability

Worldwide more than 650 million people live with disabilities. They are particularly affected by poverty. Only a few of them manage to free themselves from the vicious cycle of poverty and disability. Due to an UN statistics, 80% of the people who live with disability are living in developing countries. According to the World Bank, 20% of the people who live in extreme poverty have disabilities. Therefore, it is necessary to include people with disabilities into the programs for the implementation of the MDGs, because the goals cannot be achieved by ignoring 10% of world population. 20% of all people worldwide living in poverty have disabilities. The development goals cannot be achieved without the involvement of people who live with disabilities!

Migration, Escape and Disability

There are different reasons why people leave their homes and move to another country or another region of their country. One the one hand there are people who migrate searching new perspectives and a better future. But often they are forced by the bad economic situation at their home region. Due to the cumbrous journey people with disability are rarely in the group of migrants who are on their way voluntarily - at least to some degree. But often the migrants do not know the health care system of their new homes and have difficulties to talk to the medical experts because they do not know the language very well. Because of that impairments can develop caused by absent medical attendance in case of illness or injuries.

Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian aid means emergency aid measures for victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts or wars. Primarily, the remedial measures shall secure the survival of persons concerned and are on short notice. They include for example division of food, drinking water and auxiliary material or medical care. Humanitarian aid is provided by both governmental and non-governmental organisations.