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Why we believe digital solutions should be inclusive?

At Every1Mobile (E1M) it is our belief that all our work should be inclusive of the needs of the most vulnerable and most at risk, namely D/deaf and disabled people; those who because of their disability are so often excluded from development provision.

We have developed an all-new standard to create a consistent understanding of key disability inclusion principles and practices; providing advice and support with language, terminology and approaches to inclusive programming.  All of which will ensure staff, contractors and other associated stakeholders can operationalise commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and, where appropriate, the DFID objectives.

With 15% of the global population experiencing some form of disability, we have to make appropriate adjustments to ensure our programming is inclusive. Furthermore, to ensure our work reduces the discrimination and stigma persons with disabilities face, especially girls and women who enduring face abuse and exploitation.

Davos this week emphasised how essential it is that we all work to gain a better understanding of disability and look to identify entry points for disability mainstreaming at all stages of business development, programming and MEL cycle. Such efforts will broaden our engagement with wider civil society and will ensure that we remain at the forefront of digital innovation.

Through the use of this standard, we will reach, engage and measure our impact upon disabled persons.

This vast population and the current sector drive to foster inclusion presented both a challenge and opportunity;

  • How many disabled people own a mobile phone?
  • How do we address the challenge of using new digital solutions to inclusion using technologies?
  • How do we encompass the needs of 3.6 billion people on the internet?

As we work to deliver digital solutions for social change across low resource, complex and emerging market settings, creating mobile channels for economic and social inclusion, it will encounter disability in its various and myriad forms.  In addition, whilst D/deaf and disabled people may wish to access and utilise our digital solutions, they may encounter obstacles and barriers that others would not face.

The Disability and Inclusion standard recognises these barriers and tables doctrine, systems, processes and audit/check tools to ensure that all D/deaf and disabled people can access E1M’s digital solutions, in the communication or access mode of choice.