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The impact of disability can increase in low income countries where there may be fewer services and trained staff, and exclusive attitudes in society
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Dr Mary Keogh

CBM Ireland Board Member

Dr Mary Keogh has worked for over 10 years at an international level on disability rights and international development. Completing her doctorate in 2014, her research focus was a comparative analysis of how the US, Finland and Australia mainstream disability in their development aid programmes.   

Mary currently works with CBM Australia as an adviser on disability inclusive development. Prior to this, she worked with CBM Ireland, CBM International and the International Disability Rights monitor holding research, advocacy and policy positions. She was the coordinator of the IDRM European regional report and authored the Irish report. Mary has also worked with NGOs such as Mobility International USA providing technical assistance for coalition for disability inclusive development in Tirana and Albania, and the Centre for International Rehabilitation working on developing methodologies for monitoring global disability rights.

Mary is the former chair of the Dochas Working Group on Disability and International Development. The working group has been in existence for over ten years and seeks to influence the Irish Government and also Irish development and humanitarian organisations to ensure persons with disabilities are included in Ireland's overseas aid commitments. Mary was also co-chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium EU Taskgroup. 

She has also written reports for the UN on inclusive development and recently authored the CBM publication “The Future Is Inclusive: How To Make International Development Disability-Inclusive.” Mary’s research interests are intersectionality and gender and disability.


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