Development Aid

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made. This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives. Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your...

Fighting poverty and social exclusion in developing countries

People with intellectual disabilities and their families have a considerably higher risk of poverty and social exclusion than other groups of people with disabilities or non-disabled people. In developing countries, this is often combined with an absence of services as well as with stigma, prejudices and superstitions. 

The¬†project addressed the implementation of Article 32 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‚ÄúInternational cooperation‚ÄĚ). Its goal was to help make sure¬†that¬†development cooperation¬†at national and European level¬†takes¬†the needs and interests of people with¬†intellectual¬†disabilities, their families and their organisations¬†into account.¬†

This was done by providing local and regional associations of disabled people, as well as local authorities, with knowledge about development cooperation and contacts at national and European level.  

Implementation Period¬† 2009¬†‚Äst2011¬†
Financed by¬† European Commission ‚Äď under the ‚ÄúNon-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development¬†Cooperation‚Äú Programme¬†
Project Coordinator  Inclusion Europe 
Project partners  Lebenshilfe 

Mencap 

A toolkit on how to include people with intellectual disabilities in development cooperation was published (in English, French and German). The toolkit shows disability NGOs as well as local and regional authorities in Europe how they can cooperate with organisations of and services for people with intellectual disabilities in developing countries. 

In addition, a series of awareness-raising brochures were developed, explaining the concept of inclusive development to the three different groups targeted by the project: 

  • People with intellectual disabilities:¬†The¬†easy-to-read publication ‚ÄúAn Introduction to Inclusive Development‚ÄĚ explains the concept of development cooperation and the UN Millennium Development Goals. It also¬†provides suggestions on how people with intellectual disabilities can¬†support¬†their peers in developing countries.¬†
  • Families and disability professionals:¬†‚ÄúDevelopment for everyone‚Ä̬†explains¬†the crucial role¬†disability NGOs¬†play in improving¬†the situation of¬†people with intellectual disabilities in developing countries.¬†
  • Development aid organisations:¬†‚ÄúDevelopment for all!‚ÄĚ explains to¬†these¬†organisations why their programmes need to be¬†inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.¬†

This project was about

people with intellectual disabilities and their families

who live in poor countries.

 

In poor countries

it is harder to find

accessible things and services.

 

For this reason, there are many programmes

where richer countries can support poorer countries.

 

The project wanted to make sure

that these programmes

support the needs

of people with intellectual disabilities

and their families.

 

This project was made between 2009 and 2011.

 

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support. 

Become Inclusion Europe supporter and help us keep doing our work.

 

 

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