Evidence suggests there are at least 8 million children living in institutions: 80 % of these children have parents, but have been separated from them because of poverty, disabilities, lack of access to services or discrimination.
This is contradictory to the international commitments of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In 2013, a new EU regulation stipulated that Structural and Investment Funds should only be used to support the transition from institutional to community-based care.
There is a need to ensure that all EU funding, including EU development funding, is spent in the same spirit and in line with CRPD Articles 32 and 19. Funding from other donor agencies and private donors should be spent to end the institutionalisation of children.
This session will present examples of de-institutionalisation programmes and sustainable community-based services, such as inclusive education. It will also explore initiatives to enable donor agencies around the world to support the process in a sustainable manner.