Published by G3ict in October 2015 | Pages: 14 | Language: English
Stakeholders in the global disability movement view public procurement as an important tool for advancing digital inclusion and implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In response to this need, G3ict has begun an effort to convene diverse stakeholders from civil society, government, standards bodies, and industry to understand more clearly the impact of inclusive ICT procurement and to explore strategies to support broader adoption globally of these policies and related accessibility standards.
This White Paper makes the case for governments worldwide to adopt accessible procurement policies based on inputs from advocates, governments and industry around the world. The White Paper, “Promoting Global Digital Inclusion through ICT Procurement Policies & Accessibility Standards,” emphasizes that these policies have been effective where they have been adopted, for example in the United States.
G3ict asserts that there is now an opportunity to enact effective public procurement policies beyond the United States and Europe, including in the Global South. The new White Paper, the result of numerous global roundtable discussions and expert interviews, points out that most of the tools necessary to support effective public procurement policies exist today. What is missing is an international ICT accessibility standard. G3ict suggests that a new European standard for accessible technology (EN 301 549) is the best starting point for a global standard.
G3ict’s new initiative for more accessible public procurement policies builds on its core principle that industry, government, and civil society can take action collaboratively to drive the expeditious creation of policies and standards that support digital inclusion of persons with disabilities in education, the workplace, and society generally. Civil society, including organizations representing persons with disabilities, must play an important role in all global efforts to promote the widespread adoption of inclusive ICT procurement policies and the technical standards that support them.
The G3ict Policy White Paper Series researches innovative policies and documents programs and good practices promoting ICT accessibility solutions among States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and International Organizations.