A person in a wheelchair switching on lights with his feet
The evaluation found that - thanks to the IDA - persons with disabilities are now more united and speak with one voice

International Disability Alliance takes stock of achievements and challenges

NIRAS conducts evaluation of key player in the global disability movement to support its organisational learning process

23. Oct 2019

One billion people, or as much as 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher in developing countries. Between 110 and 190 million people experience significant disabilities. Across the globe, persons with various disabilities organise to advocate for their rights and to be included  in development programmes.  

NIRAS’s Evaluation and Results Unit in Stockholm have carried out an evaluation of Sida’s support to the International Disability Alliance (IDA), a key actor and global umbrella of the disability rights movement. The evaluation found that IDA had successfully managed to build a unified voice of persons with disabilities at the global level and has been successful in influencing the UN system and some big development partners to be more inclusive.

The IDA has played a critical role in ensuring the slogan of Agenda 2030 – “Leave no one behind” – has been heard. The biggest challenge now is to find a way to sustain policy gains and translate government commitments into practical changes at national level.

The IDA has given people with disabilities a powerful and effective voice. Congratulations!

Respondent to evaluation questionnaire

A main focus of the evaluation process was to ensure that learning and recommendations from the evaluation were useful for the IDA, Sida, as well as other organisations working within the field. Therefore, a range of consultations were held to discuss findings and formulate recommendations.


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disability activists equipped with monitoring and advocacy skills

With more than 35 years’ experience working with human rights and disability advocacy, team leader Annika Nilsson explains the importance of ensuring that the evaluation remains useful:

“The utilisation-focused evaluation methods have transformed the work of evaluators and made it more meaningful. Still, as an evaluator you must always retain integrity and keep the evaluation criteria of effectiveness, relevance, efficiency and sustainability in mind throughout the evaluation process. The process is easier when evaluating programmes or organisations that already engage in self-reflection and learning – such as IDA did.”