Skip to main content
The Global Research on Developmental Disabilities Collaborators. The Lancet Global Health, January 2022

Disability funding has declined. Only 2 percent of global investments in early childhood development (ECD) from 2007 to 2016 was spent on disabilities, and the funding pattern has not improved since. The need to prioritize ECD for children living with lifelong disabilities is urgent and entails disability-focused programming and monitoring approaches, economic analysis of interventions, and substantial funding to address the needs of this group.