Chapter 21 Disability in EU development cooperation
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Development cooperation is one of the central areas of European Union (EU) external action. EU development cooperation is defined as a multi-dimensional notion that covers different actions and objectives, which is reflected in the definition of its legal scope. This chapter analyzes the inclusion of disability in EU development cooperation. As such, the three dimensions of the relationship between disability and EU development cooperation or the so-called ‘nexus’ are discussed: i) the use of EU development cooperation and its instruments to attain disability objectives, ii) the mainstreaming of disability concerns and rights of persons with disabilities across EU development cooperation and iii) the international promotion of the commitment to disability concerns and rights. Through this analysis, two characteristics of EU development cooperation in general and the EU development cooperation-disability nexus become apparent: the link between the policy formulation and the legal scope, and the interaction between the EU and the international level.

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