International Development Agency Policies


Bilateral and multilateral international development agencies are key in enabling international development activities around the world, whether through coordinating the activities themselves or funding others to implement projects on their behalf. Their internal policies, guidance notes, and other key strategic planning and framework documents can impact whether people with disabilities are effectively included in the international development projects these agencies support or coordinate.

Being familiar with policies at international development agencies can help disability inclusion advocates decide what policy changes to advocate for, how to monitor the implementation of these policies, and how to advocate for improved disability inclusion in the field. Governments and civil society organizations also can review these policies as one part of a wider examination of how well bilateral and multilateral agencies are implementing Article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which calls upon international development programs to be accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. 

For the convenience of advocates around the world, USICD has collected both disability-focused and disability-inclusive policies from more than 20 bilateral and multilateral donor agencies. These policy documents can be downloaded or linked from this page for your review. In addition to policies, strategic plans and frameworks, and guidance notes, some reports and flagship publications have also been included here. Unfortunately, because these documents were not created by us and don't belong to us, we cannot guarantee that each document is fully accessible. Another limitation is that we can only share what has been made publicly available in electronic format. Sometimes an agency may only share a policy document internally among its own staff without posting it on the web.

Not sure if a particular multilateral or bilateral agency works in your country? A link at the top of the section for each agency will take you to a page listing countries where the organization funds international development programs and/or has offices.

If you are aware of a disability-focused or disability-inclusive policy at a bilateral or multilateral organization that we have missed, please inform us at

The European Commission

Does the European Commission have a representative office in my country in the European Union?

The European Union and the World   

When the European Commission develops new policy--whether impacting international development work or anything else--they typically offer an opportunity for stakeholders to share their feedback or consultation on the new policy being developed.  Check the European Commission Feedback and Consultation page to learn the results of past consultation periods, and to discover new opportunities for sharing input on international development and foreign aid initiatives.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Does the ILO work in my country?

New Zealand Aid Programme

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)

Does UNICEF work in my country?

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Does USAID work in your country?

Other Bilateral, Multilateral Agencies Reviewed

USICD staff and interns reviewed the websites for the following bilateral and multilateral agencies but could not find any publicly available policy documents that focuses on, or includes, people with disabilities. This does not necessarily mean that no such policy exists: although some agencies might not have any policy mentioning disability at all, others may have policies that are only circulated internally among staff without being publicly available via their website.

Agencies marked with an asterisk (WFP and UNEP) have policies that make some mention of disability but approaches the topic from a medical perspective without promoting a disability inclusive framework in which people with disabilities have accessibility and human rights needs or the right to be included in all international development programs.