UNESCO works through its IFAP Programme (https://en.unesco.org/programme/ifap) to promote access to information for all disadvantaged communities and encourages constructive dialogue on information accessibility, with a special focus on access to information and knowledge using accessible digital technologies for the inclusion of disadvantaged communities and marginalized groups.
The rational for this engagement lies in the promotion of digital inclusiveness as an important element of knowledge societies as digital technologies have the potential for making significant improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities, allowing them to enhance their social, cultural, political and economic integration. Inclusive knowledge societies can thus serve as a trigger to reduce inequality (SDG 10) as people living with disabilities can be fully part of society and as a result:
The session will be composed of a thematic debate on a range of interventions that have been put in place in the African context to address the needs of people living with disabilities through technology. The questions and answer sessions – between moderator and panellists and audience and panellists - will provide concrete examples of the kind of interventions that are necessary to address the needs of people living with disabilities. Following the debate, a few indicators will be put forward to measure the impact of technology to reduce inequality with specific reference to people living with disabilities. In addition, discussions with participants will explore how communities of the Global South can adopt and learn from the African experiences and vice versa.