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Narrowing The Data Gap: World Bank And Microsoft Commit To Unlocking Better Development Outcomes For Persons With Disabilities
Microsoft News, June 15th, 2022
June 15, 2022,
Volume 291, Issue 3

Across the world, persons with disabilities remain invisible in the global development agenda. One key reason is because of variances in the availability and use of disability-disaggregated data across organizations and borders.

While it is estimated that one billion people, or 15 percent of the world's population, have a disability - more data is needed to understand the true scale of the living conditions and development outcomes for persons with disabilities, and to get clarity on the degree to which persons with disabilities continue to be underserved.

This reality is a part of what the World Bank calls the disability divide - the gap in societal inclusion for persons with disabilities in all stages of development programs, including education, employment and digital inclusion. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this risk and exposed some of the existing inequalities faced on a regular basis.

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