We Are Able!

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Promoting Local Inclusion and Service Delivery for People with Disabilities

We are proud to have been awarded a #1 ranking score for our We Are Able! programme, which we as The Leprosy Mission Netherlands designed together with ZOA (lead), the African Disability Forum, Light for the World, Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and The Hague Academy for Local Governance. The programme will be funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Power of Voices Partnerships for Strengthening Civil Society. Our programme focuses on DRC, Ethiopia and Burundi, other partners work also in South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

We are Able!’ focuses on empowerment, amplifying voices and creating resilience among women, man and youth with disabilities and other excluded groups, particularly those faced with food insecurity in areas of protracted crisis. The goal is improved food security and livelihood opportunities for persons with a disability as a result of changed laws, policies, norms and practices.

We Are Able! presents a comprehensive and localised approach for inclusive governance and service delivery for people with disabilities and other marginalized groups, working with them directly as well as through their representative organisations, such as Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) including Organisations of Persons Affected by Leprosy. Formal and informal authorities at local, national and international level will be involved to promote dialogue and a conducive enabling environment for change.

Our consortium will create links to initiatives in the Netherlands to enable mutual learning, drawing on the common starting point in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Leprosy Mission DRC and The Leprosy Mission Ethiopia, will carry out this project with the consortium partners in country. The Leprosy Mission Netherlands will provide its expertise and guidance to strengthen the capacity of DPOs regarding lobby and advocacy and strengthen the capacity of local disability inclusion advisors and advocates.