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Why Disability Inclusive Development Matters: The Promise of Social Inclusion
April 22, 201511:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET | 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. Persons with disabilities on average as a group are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability.

Including persons with disabilities and expanding equitable opportunities is at the core of World Bank Group’s work on social inclusion and building inclusive communities. It is aligned with the World Bank Group’s goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. For the event “Why Disability Inclusive Development Matters:  The Promise of Social Inclusion”, we are excited to bring to the Bank an excellent panel. The panelists are some of the most cutting edge thinkers, insightful influencers and innovative implementers; all working to operationalize disability inclusion globally. They will share their experiences; highlighting what works, what does not work and how the World Bank can more strategically include persons with disabilities in its operations.

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    Ambassador Don Steinberg

    President and CEO of World Learning
    Donald Steinberg is president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. Prior to World Learning, Steinberg served as deputy administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused, among other things, on the inclusion of women, people with disabilities, LGBT persons, and other marginalized groups into the development arena. In his previous work with the United States government, Steinberg served as director of the U.S. Department of State’s Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African Affairs, special Haiti coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Angola, and the president’s special representative for Humanitarian Demining. He was also deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group, a Randolph Jennings senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and has advised the Women's Refugee Commission, the UN Development Fund for Women, the UN Civil Society Advisory Group for Women, Peace and Security, and the Institute for Inclusive Security. Steinberg has authored more than 100 articles on foreign policy, African development, gender issues, post-conflict reconstruction, children and armed conflict, and disarmament, published in various media outlets, including Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian. He holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and political economy from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor's degree from Reed College. He has received numerous honors and awards.
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    Professor Nora Groce

    University College of London
    Professor Groce is a medical anthropologist, working in the area of global health and international development with particular emphasis on cross-cultural systems of health care and health as a human rights issue. Her research interests include issues of disability in international health and development, violence as a global public health problem, equity in access to health care in ethnic, minority and rural communities and the integration of western and traditional health care systems. Professor Groce regularly serves as an advisor to United Nations (UN) agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). She has published widely on both research and policy initiatives and has serves as editor and reviewer for a number of leading journals. Prior to coming to UCL, Professor Groce was a Research Scientist at Harvard University (1986-1990) and Associate Professor in Global Health at Yale University and Director of the Yale/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (1991-2008).
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    Victor Pineda

    UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Victor Pineda is the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research projects explore disability in the built environment through history, medical anthropology, policy, planning and regional development. He teaches courses on Urban Theory, Policy Evaluation, and Community Development. He has advised international agencies such as the World Bank and United Nations, as well as state and federal governments in the development and implementation of programs and policies that include people with disabilities. In 2009, he joined the Dubai School of Government as a Visiting Fellow to study the implementation of the UAE Disability Act of 2006. Dr. Pineda's work is both empirical and applied. His work has influenced urban governance and policy reforms in the Middle East; he has also presented his work to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Aid and worked as an associate with the U.S. Treasury. Dr. Pineda studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained degrees in Political Economy, Business Administration, and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Luskin School for Public Affairs. His work has received the highest honors, including the UC Chancellor's Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays, Sheikh Qassemi Fellowships, Jefferson Award for Public Service, Tom Clausen Fellowship for Innovation in Business and Policy, Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement, and the Hearn Award for Leadership on National Disability Rights.
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    Anush Bezhanyan

    Practice Manager, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank
    Anush Bezhanyan is Social Protection and Labor Practice Manager. The unit she is heading covers broad spectrum of social protection and labor issues, including labor market, pensions, disability and social safety nets. Prior to this position she was a Lead Social Protection Specialist and Cluster Leader for 15 countries in South and East Africa. Before moving to the Africa region she was Human Development Sector Coordinator for Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus in the Europe and Central Asia Region and regional coordinator for the Roma inclusion program. In her 15 years at the World Bank she has worked on many projects and technical assistance programs on a variety of issues relating to social safety nets, social assistance and cash transfers, public works, pensions, children and youth, social inclusion, community development. She has also been focusing on institutional development and administrative reforms in social protection sector. Prior to joining the World Bank, Anush Bezhanyan worked in the State Department for Refugee and Migration in the Government of Armenia and different international organizations and NGOs working on micro-finance and community development programs. She holds a Master's degree in Economics and Project management from the State Technical University in Yerevan.
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