One Billion Voices: Leaders with Disabilities Building Inclusive Societies

Management Sciences for Health, Inc.

This global initiative with multiple partners will build more inclusive societies by equipping people with disabilities to amplify their voices, lead social change, and eliminate barriers to their rights and opportunities.

Last Updated: November 2023
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Disabled persons' rights
Current Work Location(s):
  • Benin
  • Département de Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Ethiopia
  • Mexico
  • Vietnam
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with disabilities
  • Women and girls (all ages)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

One in eight people lives with a disability. The world’s largest minority—80 percent in developing countries—disabled people face social exclusion, abuse, poverty, and discrimination. It is an environment that denies them health care, education, employment opportunities, and basic human rights. Governments are slow in translating global disability-rights commitments into policy and practice.

Disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) have passion and vision, but often lack the organizational capacities, policy skills, platforms, and resources to mobilize their communities, get seats at the table, and drive concrete improvements in disabled people’s lives.

In three countries across three regions, One Billion Voices will support local DPOs—through a proven combination of leadership and organizational development, rights-based policy knowledge, and catalytic funding—to advance disabled people’s rights and opportunities, strengthen and expand advocacy networks, and partner with governments to build inclusive societies. These countries will be models for global scale-up. Disabled people themselves—organized and empowered—will lead in driving transformative change.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Management Sciences for Health, Inc.

Organization Headquarters
Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000
Annual Operating Budget
$100.1 to 500 Million

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