Dominic Haslam
Dominic has worked in international development for twenty years and is Director of Programme and Policy Strategy at Sightsavers. In his position Dominic is responsible for setting Sightsavers’ programme strategy, including overseeing thematic strategy, technical capability, external influencing, research and evidence and institutional relationships.

Dominic has been with Sightsavers since 2006. He strongly believes that it is possible to combine a systems-strengthening approach with the delivery of concrete change in the lives of communities Sightsavers works with.

Dominic sits on the board of the International Disability and Development Consortium and is very active in civil society efforts to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals, including what many would consider an unhealthy interest in indicators. He is keen to ensure, that unlike the current MDGs, disabled people are included in international development framework beyond 2015.

You can follow Dom on Twitter @domhaslam123

Entries by Dominic Haslam

A Massive Step Forward and a Wakeup Call to Include People With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (18:13)

The outcome of the Post 2015 intergovernmental negotiations at the UN - a document setting out the global approach to the next 15 years of development - stands us on the brink of history. "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" finally delivers a consensus that...

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Is This a Turning Point for Neglected Tropical Diseases?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2015 | (11:14)


Following swiftly on the heels of the top billing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) received at the recent World Health Assembly from both Margaret Chan and Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was great to see NTDs given further spotlight at this...

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Last But Not Least...

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (16:41)

The heat of the election campaign this week gave way to a bit more light, with the publication of the manifestos of the major political parties. Rather than piecing together the parties' respective positions on development from speeches, blog posts or remarks in Parliament, we now have a formal written...

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Changing the Future for Those With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (10:27)

Of the billion people worldwide who have a disability, the vast majority live in developing countries. People with disabilities represent some of the most excluded of all groups in the community. They are less likely to have access to healthcare and education, and in turn find making a livelihood and...

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2014: A Landmark Year for Disability and Development?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (16:13)

Todays' announcement on disability and development by the UK government is transformational in many ways. Firstly and most importantly in terms of the impact it will have on many of the 800 million people living with disabilities in developing countries. But also in the way in which DFID...

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Can You Be Half-Included?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (13:47)

Last week the officially titled United Nations General Assembly's Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (more easily known as the OWG) met to discuss and release the Zero draft of their proposed Goals and Targets for the international development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals...

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Unlocking the Potential of the World's One Billion People With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (17:53)

Last week I heard that Lawrence, a young boy I met a while ago in Kenya, had passed his exams and scored in the top 25 per cent of children in the country. What is exceptional is that Lawrence is blind. Unlike so many other children with disabilities across the...

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It's Time to Put People With Disabilities in the Picture

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2013 | (13:39)

People with disabilities are being excluded from international development work across the world.

I can say that with confidence - or at least, I think I can.

The reality is that the picture is unclear because no one bothers to count the number of children with disabilities in...

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Disability: Emerging From the Shadows?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (11:52)

This week, the UK's International Development Select Committee announced a new inquiry into disability and development. What will be its impact?

In 2008, Parliament released a report on the UK's international development support for maternal health. At the time maternal health was a real Cinderella issue...

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My Reflections on Disability and the UN Panel's Post-2015 Report

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (15:37)

Yesterday, the UN High Level Panel (HLP) on post-2015, the committee that was appointed to create a 'development vision' for when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in just two and a half years' time, published their final report, the results of months of...

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Disability and the Post 2015 Framework: A Politics of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (14:00)

As many readers of this blog will know, the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is due to report at the end of May.

The report will be one of the...

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Quality Not Quantity: Why Friday's 0.7% Aid Bill Should Allow Us to Focus on What Really Matters

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (09:49)

This week we have the opportunity to focus aid discussions on what really matters: quality not quantity.

On Friday, Mark Hendrick MP's private member's bill on international development aid will have its second reading in parliament. If passed, the bill would ensure the UK government's pledge to...

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Post 2015: Ivan Lewis' Thought-provoking Input on the Future of International Development

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (13:03)

A colleague of mine working on the post-Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework said only last week "we get the chance for deep thought in the development sector once every 20 years, let's not waste it". Judging by the speech to UK civil society organisations, Ivan Lewis...

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An Inside View on London's Post-2015 High Level Panel Meeting

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (17:08)

Expectations were high for last week's London meeting on the future of international development.

The three-day meeting of the UN panel tasked with outlining a future development framework after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 was much anticipated by development charities...

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Countdown to 2015: The Race Has Started...and Disabled People Across the World Should Be Among the Winners!

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2012 | (09:03)

Watching the build-up to The Paralympic Games has been exciting; seeing disability covered by the media in a positive way and the event embraced by the public.

Given the levels of attention and excitement in the country over the Olympic Games, the Paralympics could easily have been...

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Whose Money is it Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2012 | (00:00)

In times of global recession and austerity, everyone naturally becomes increasingly aware of how money is spent and where it comes from. As agents often acting in between those with financial resources and those without, the international development sector should be particularly aware that the money we spend belongs both...

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