Working Together: Making Inclusive Development a Reality

  • Theresa LorenzoEmail author
  • Peter Coleridge


Inclusive development takes different forms in different countries, in recognition of the differences in social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. Disability adds another layer of complexity in addressing injustice and oppression over many generations. Our two triangles provide the way forward in making the vision of inclusive, sustainable development a reality: eschewing dominance, promoting justice, and supporting positive identity are the three pillars that enable reciprocal relationships between development practitioners and disabled people. Inclusion and empowerment are the main strategies, and the whole approach is made sustainable by having a shared vision. The many stories of success come from the innovation in thinking and doing that occurs when groups of people come together to take collective action. Disabled people need to be seen as active contributors in their communities and not just advocates for their own issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Disability Studies and Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Independent ConsultantLlandrindodUK

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