Today (July 24th) I'm at the Global Disability Summit in London, hearing from some amazing individuals, organisations and activists about how we can make the world are more inclusive place.

I'm here because I know it’s only when people and organisations are able to come together and share their knowledge and their expertise that they can create something amazing: lasting change.

When it comes to an area as vast as international development, it’s taken decades of collaboration between thousands of individuals, organisations and governments to make a difference. And development is making a difference: since 1990, over a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty. Over 137 million more children are enrolled in primary school, compared to 1990.*

It’s because of international collaboration that the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.

Closer to home, I know from first-hand experience that it isn’t just high-level partnerships that make an impact: it’s the local partnerships we form that make change happen.

Through these partnerships, we’ve been able to

Now, more than ever, we need to find new ways to work with civil society, governments, and marginalised groups to make sure that development works for everyone. That’s why today, I’m joining the Department for International Development, International Disability Alliance and representatives from across the world at the Global Disability Summit in London.

We’ll be discussing new ways that we can work together to find new ways to impact the lives of the one billion people across the world who live with a disability. International Service’s strength has always been its ability to form and develop partnerships to achieve change. I’m honoured to be meeting and working with so many inspiring change-makers from across the globe.

Join me today. I’ll be tweeting my take on the day’s events. Or, if you’d like to hear more from the summit, you can sign up to our newsletter.