Agriculture and Rural Development

NEWS: European Union, Africa Cooperate in Support of Disabled People Living in Poverty

Posted on 6 February 2008. Filed under: Agriculture and Rural Development, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, News, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The EU-Africa strategy – working to support the rights and needs of persons with disabilities living in chronic poverty


The Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) notes with appreciation the inclusion of disability in the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership: A Joint Africa-EU Strategy (the Strategy).

The context, shared vision, principles and objectives of the Strategy offer unprecedented opportunities to address the needs, human rights and aspirations of disabled people in both Europe and Africa. The new approaches and strategies outlined in the declaration are all relevant to the needs and priorities of disabled people in Africa. We would like to urge African governments to take primary responsibility to ensure that all the provisions on the Strategy mainstream disability at all levels of planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes.

Disabled people in Africa can play a useful role in promoting peace and stability, strengthening the principles of democracy and human rights and contributing to the objectives for trade and regional integration. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be attained without the active participation of disabled people on the African continent.

We believe that development cooperation must ensure that disability is mainstreamed in all programmes and that specific support should be provided to organisations, government departments and other entities with disability programmes and projects. We welcome the inclusion of gender equality and issues related to the environment and climate change. The latter issues have a negative impact on the quality of life of disabled people all over Africa and disabled people’s role in promoting the required changes should be recognised and supported.

Issues related to migration and agriculture/ food security are top priorities as disabled people are caught in various unfavourable situations that threaten their ability to survive. We pledge our support to initiatives that promote the active involvement of disabled people, not just as consumers of agricultural produce, but also as producers within all the essential processes of the food value-chain.

We would like to thank our partners, DSI/ Danida, Sida, DFID, ODG, Southern Africa Trust, and CBM for their support to the Secretariat’s programmes and initiatives.

We extend our thanks and gratitude to the African Union (AU), ARI and African Parliamentarians/ leaders for their support for disability inclusion in Africa and within the Strategy.

END OF STATEMENT from the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities

The above statement was taken from the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities; you can view the same statement at

We Can Do readers who are interested in the EU/Africa partnership may also wish to read a letter to the African Union chair titled “Working to support the rights and needs of persons with disabilities living in chronic poverty”, available in PDF format (73 Kb) at:

A draft discussion of the strategy to be used in the EU/Africa partnership can be downloaded in PDF format (1.5 Mb) at:

There is also a web page about the join EU/Africa strategy:

We Can Do found this press release by exploring the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. I recommend that We Can Do readers may wish to explore their training materials on disability-related issues.

Also at We Can Do: catch up with the news; explore resources, toolkits, or funding and fellowship opportunities that might be helpful for your organization; find research, reports, papers, or statistics; or look up conferences, events, call for papers, or education/training opportunities.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Posted on 30 January 2008. Filed under: Agriculture and Rural Development, Announcements, Funding | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development. This could be an opportunity for disabled farmers or Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) with innovative ideas to receive funding support for their project proposals.

Applications for funding grants are being accepted through March 21, 2008. More than 200 development experts will review the applications and choose 100 finalists. These finalists will be announced in June and invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September. These finalists will then compete for grants in person at the (DM2008 Marketplace event. If your idea is chosen, it could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for projects lasting as long as two years.

Civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academica, and the private sector are all welcome to submit proposals. Proposals must address one of the three sub-themes for the competition:

  1. Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets: How can small-scale farmers, with or without disabilities, become better connected to the buyers who want to buy their agricultural products?
  2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor: How can poor people, especially women, gain better access to land so they can use it productively?

    Do people with disabilities in your country face extra barriers in buying, inheriting, keeping, or using land for agriculture? If so, then perhaps this could be an opportunity to propose an idea for a project that could help remove these barriers. If you decide to pursue this idea, bear in mind that the DM2008 is not targeted at disability issues. You may need to tailor your ideas to match DM2008 criteria. You may also wish to document the problem for the DM2008 development experts so they will better understand the need to address it. (What are the barriers? How many disabled farmers are affected? How are they affected? What are the relevant laws and policies in your country? etc.)

  3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation: How can agriculture be done in a way to minimize harm to the environment?

For more information about Developmentment Marketplace 2008, eligibility criteria, and how you can apply, follow the link to:

Proposals must be submitted in English. However, guidelines and step-by-step instructions are available in English, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. French translations are forthcoming. At:

Applications will need to be submitted on-line at However, people who are unable to use the on-line application form can contact the DM2008 organizers at

We Can Do gathered the information for this blog post from the World Bank’s Development Marketplace 2008 web site. Any inquiries about this competition should be directed to the DM2008 organizers: please follow the links provided above for more detail.

Find a few more possible funding sources for your DPO’s innovative project ideas. Be aware that funders usually do not have enough funding available for everyone who applies. Also, each funding source will have its own strict criteria for the kinds of projects they support: always read instructions carefully or contact the funding source (NOT We Can Do) with your questions.

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