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2021-2 Call for Papers

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) marks a paradigm shift towards a human rights model of disability. With a focus on external (e. g. societal, cultural or physical) conditions that exclude, segregate and discriminate against persons with disabilities, this model brings socially constructed deprivations of rights to the fore. It forms an antithesis to a social policy oriented towards indigence, and strengthens the recognition of persons with disabilities as rights holders and social actors who actively contribute to shaping societies.

These developments also have had an impact on the field of international cooperation and development. The preamble of the CRPD underlines that persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by poverty and emphasizes the need to mainstream disability issues as an integral part of sustainable development strategies. It thus highlights the importance of international cooperation to improve the living conditions of persons with disabilities. The General Obligations under Article 4 of the CRPD include the consideration of the rights of persons with disabilities in all policies and programs, and the participation of persons with disabilities and their organizations. Article 32 obliges States Parties to make international cooperation inclusive and to support national efforts by partner countries to implement the Convention. It further specifies the concept of "inclusive development", according to which persons with disabilities and their organizations should be included in all stages of the programme cycle of development programmes.The UN CRPD was ratified by the German Government in February 2009. In the years that followed, governmental development stakeholders set out to translate the requirements of the CRPD into structures, processes and practical approaches. This is expressed, among others, in the implementation of a corresponding Action Plan (2013-2017) and the publication of an inclusion strategy (2020) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Civil society organisations also work on the requirements of the Convention in the context of disability-specific and general development programmes and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in development policy and practice.

Against this background, issue 2021-2 of the Journal “Disability and International Development” aims to take a closer look at development paths, the status quo as well as theoretical, legal, political and practical challenges regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the field of German development cooperation. We invite researchers and experts from scientific and practical backgrounds to contribute to one of the following topics:

  • Disability rights in German development policy and practice/practical implementation of a human rights-based approach to disability
  • Policy-instruments (e. g. action plans) towards inclusive development
  • Implementation of the twin-track approach in development programmes
  • Sector-specific perspectives on inclusive development (e. g. social protection, health, education)
  • Actors and collaboration on governmental and non-governmental level in Germany
  • Cooperation between German development stakeholders and organisations of persons with disabilities in the Global South
  • German multilateral or regional cooperation for inclusive development (e. g. UN, EU, AU)
  • Monitoring of inclusive practice/disability marker discussion
  • Theory-based dimensions and approaches of inclusive development

Before you send us your suggestion, please read the “Information for Authors” first and then contact the coordinating editors for this issue via e-mail: Gabriele Weigt, Isabella Bertmann-Merz and Lars Wissenbach (

Deadline for submission of papers: 1 June 2021

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