This training course introduces participants to the framework and methods of inclusive development for environmental and social impact assessment, with a focus on two specific groups of marginalized persons: persons with disabilities and older persons.  The specific needs of individuals with disabilities and older persons and their exposure to risks in development projects is increasingly understood and is now acknowledged in the World Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the policies and operational practices of numerous intergovernmental and governmental bodies.  International legal standards and other development frameworks have emerged to account for the specific needs of persons with disabilities and, though less developed, those of older persons.
The course content will be delivered using a participatory, active learning method that each trainer has employed before on numerous occasions for a wide variety of participants (NGOs, government, UN agencies, humanitarian actors, law and graduate students, grassroots advocates). The following adult learning methods will be utilized:  mini-lectures, large and small group discussion, case studies, participatory exercises, and reporting back presentations.
Anticipated learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the framing of disability and older persons in development policy and how their rights are reflected in international standards to inform inclusive development
  • Identify the challenges and barriers persons with disabilities and older persons commonly face in claiming their human rights and the benefits of development in particular
  • Apply key concepts to development projects in order to inform environmental and social impact assessments
Identify key documents and resources relevant to conducting environmental and social assessments for development projects in the context of disability and aging
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Participants should have some familiarity with environmental and social assessment in the context of international development projects.
Language: English
Duration: 1 day (15 May)
Price: US$275
Min/Max: 10-25

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group (USA)

Janet E. Lord, Human Rights and Inclusive Development Consultant, Harvard Law School Project on Disability (USA)


Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo is the Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank Group and a global thought leader on disability rights and inclusive development. She has facilitated trainings on the human rights of marginalized populations and on the methodology of inclusive development worldwide for government, NGOs, national human rights institutions, and grassroots activists. She has also published extensively on human rights and inclusive development. In her current position as Disability Advisor, she works with and supports operational teams across the World Bank to ensure that Bank policies, programs, and projects are inclusive of persons with disabilities. Prior to her appointment at the World Bank, in 2010 she was appointed by U.S. President Barak Obama to lead USAID’s work on disability inclusive development, from developing policies and country strategies to technical assistance for program implementation. Prior to joining USAID, she served as a senior operations officer at the Bank to integrate disability-inclusive development into operations in the East Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Earlier in her career, she was appointed by President Nelson Mandela as a Commissioner to the South African Human Rights Commission focusing on social and economic rights, disability rights, and child rights and served as a project officer on child protection for UNICEF. During the negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she was selected to represent national human rights institutions in the working group that drafted the foundational text and continued to represent the South African Human Rights Commission throughout the negotiating process.  She frequently lectures and delivers participatory human rights education and disability inclusive development trainings for a range of audiences. An international lawyer by training, she holds law degrees from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and Cornell Law School. 

Janet E. Lord is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Areas of specialization include human rights treaty negotiation and implementation, disability law and policy, health rights for marginalized populations, inclusive development, and human rights education and advocacy. Her participatory human rights education manual was endorsed by the former High Commissioner for Human Rights and awarded in 2016 an Innovative Practice Award by the Zero Project. She served as senior partner and director of human rights and inclusive development at BlueLaw International LLP, a veteran-owned international law and development firm. While at BlueLaw, she worked in more than thirty countries, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating human rights and inclusive development projects. She has worked with a variety of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and donors, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Disability Program, UNDP, the International Labour Organisation, the United States Agency of International Development, the European Union, and the World Bank. Prior to joining BlueLaw, Lord served as legal advisor and advocacy director at an international landmine survivor organization, participating in the negotiations for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, serving as legal advisor to several lead governments, expert to the UN and legal advocacy advisor to Disabled Peoples International. She also worked as an attorney at the World Bank Group at the start of her international law career. She currently serves on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the United States International Council on Disabilities. Janet Lord holds an LL.B. and LL.M. in law from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), an LL.M. in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in History from Kenyon College. She is a member of the New York Bar.