Session 4: HLMDD-JICA

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Discussion on the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development


Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor on social welfare for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) speaks about JICA’s expectations for the field and practice of disability and development based on the outcome document of the HLMDD. He introduces lessons learned from JICA’s projects as well as the challenges in the field for the future. He explains that it is crucial to change the society and environment rather than trying to change the individual, calling for the necessity to follow a twin-track approach, of empowerment and enablement, to promote equal opportunity for and full participation of persons with disability in development processes.


Dr. Kenji Kuno, Senior Advisor (Social Welfare), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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