DPI delegation consisting of Javed Abidi, G. Syamala, Jagdish Chander, Meenu Mani, Samuel Mani, A. S. Narayanan and Geeta Sharma met the Country Director of World Bank, Onno Ruhl on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. The meeting was a very productive one with Onno Ruhl's very pragmatic and positive approach.
The delegation highlighted / emphasised on the following 4 points:
- World Bank should view disability in a cross-cutting manner i.e. inclusive of age, gender, caste (with respect to India), socio-economic background, etc. Also, their focus should be on all disabilities.
- World Bank should carry out an Impact Assessment Study: as to what impacts (positive/negative/none) have their projects had on persons with disabilities.
- Financial Inclusion: World Bank should plan their projects which include livelihood generation for persons with disabilities. For this they should engage with DPOs, activists, experts and Government institutions.
- When the Bank gives loans to countries, one of the yardstick or deliverable should be increased social, financial, political, universal inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres. They should develop monitoring mechanisms for the same.