In 1993, the Italian organization AIFO had been discussing the need for collaboration with the World Health Organisation’s Rehabilitation Unit – now the Disability and Rehabilitation Team – and decided to call a meeting of European NGOs who were involved in disability and leprosy programmes in countries in the South. Eleven NGOs attended the first meeting and at a subsequent meeting in Oslo in 1994, the International Disability Consortium (IDC) was established with the aim of sharing information and expertise and to collaborate so that their work would be more effective and efficient.

Image of primary school children joined together in the Oriang inclusive education project in Kenya - © Gideon Mendel / Leonard Cheshire Disability