Gender, Disability and Development Institute 2019

Three women laugh and hug in an outdoor setting. Two wear colorful traditional clothing from their countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Disabled women leaders from Kenya (far left) and Liberia (far right) greet a GDDI participant representing Management Sciences for Health (center) at Camp Serene in Oregon. Photo by Kiefel Photography, 2016.
Join other global leaders to engage in dialogue about including women and girls with disabilities in development and humanitarian projects around the world.
July 22, 2019 - July 25, 2019

GDDI will take place July 22-25, 2019. This event is by invitation only.

About GDDI

GDDI brings international development and human rights actors together with disabled women leaders from around the world to engage in direct dialogue about strategies for including women and girls with disabilities in development projects throughout the world.

The international development and human rights actors are typically senior-level professionals from international NGOs, government and intergovernmental organizations, and others leading international development initiatives worldwide.

The disabled women leaders are delegates of MIUSA's signature international exchange program, the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) and come from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Together, they explore topics including, but not limited to:

  • human rights
  • civil society
  • education
  • economic development
  • health
  • emergency response
  • violence prevention
  • youth development and leadership

Furthermore, attendees will experience how we arrange access at a live event attended by people with diverse types of disabilities. The event will be held in a wheelchair-accessible venue and conducted in English and American Sign Language, with additional communication access provided by Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs).


We look forward to welcoming representatives from the following organizations to GDDI 2019:

  • Solidarity Center
  • World Vision US
  • FHI 360
  • Mercy Corps
  • World Learning
  • Chemonics
  • Oxfam America
  • Women for Women International
  • International Youth Foundation
  • Seattle International Foundation
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Tetra Tech DPK
  • Vibrant Village Foundation
  • Wangki Tangni
  • Disability Rights Fund
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • IREX
  • Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Women Deliver
  • ADRA

Accessibility at GDDI

  • GDDI will be conducted in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Additional communication access may be provided by Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs).
  • Site is wheelchair accessible overall; terrain can be rugged in areas.
  • Real-time captioning and/or computer-assisted notetaking will be provided.
  • Program materials can be provided in alternative formats (such as braille, large print, or electronic file) upon request.
  • Registrants may request other disability-related accommodations as needed in the registration form.


Registration includes three nights of overnight accommodation at a rustic retreat space, meals, and transportation to and from the Eugene airport. Member organizations of MIUSA's EDDI initiative receive a discounted rate.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA logo in dark blue and white

Be a Sponsor

Show your organization's commitment to equity and disability inclusion. Contact us for more information about sponsorship levels and packages.

Contact Us

For questions, contact Ashley Holben

Email: aholben [at]

Phone: 541-343-1284 extension 18

Take a Look Back

See our recap of GDDI 2016, including international development organizations represented, WILD delegates' countries represented, described photo slideshow, participant testimonials, and more.

Event location: 

Eugene, Oregon, United States