Disability Rights Fund Requests Funding Proposals from Bangladesh, Pacific Island Countries, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Peru

Posted on 7 July 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Disability Rights Fund Releases Second 2011 Request for Proposals:
Addressing Bangladesh, Pacific Island Countries, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua and Peru

July 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)—a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities—today announced its second 2011 grants round, “Securing Our Rights.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Bangladesh, 14 Pacific Island countries, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua and Peru.

The broad objective of the Fund—which was officially launched in March 2008 and is a Project of Tides—is to empower DPOs in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).

In the second round of 2011 grantmaking, applicant organizations from 14 Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), Ghana, and Nicaragua may apply as single organizations or partnerships for 12-month Small Grants. Organizations from Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda may apply by invitation only. Grants will range from USD 5,000 to 20,000 and will support efforts to build CRPD skills and to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CRPD.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantmaking. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org. The deadline for applications is August 18, 2011.

In 2010, the Fund made 99 grants to organizations in 15 countries (India, Indonesia, Mexico, Ukraine; Nicaragua, Peru; Ghana, Uganda; Bangladesh; and Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu), totaling USD 2,222,123. Grants ranged from USD 5000 – 100,000 and supported CRPD skills-building, local rights advocacy, and national-level CRPD promotion, implementation and monitoring by DPO-led coalitions.

DRF’s donors include the American Jewish World Service, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
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Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad publica convocatoria a presentar propuestas de proyectos: S
egunda ronda de financiamiento de 2011 dirigida a Bangladés, Ghana, Nicaragua, países insulares del Pacífico, Perú y Uganda

7 de julio de 2011
PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA

BOSTON, MA – El Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (DRF)—una iniciativa de colaboración financiera entre donantes y la comunidad mundial de personas con discapacidad que apoya los derechos humanos de estas personas—anunció hoy su segunda ronda de financiamiento de 2011, “Asegurando nuestros derechos”. Los subsidios en esta ronda apoyarán a organizaciones de personas con discapacidad (OPD) en Bangladés, Ghana, Nicaragua, 14 países insulares del Pacífico, Perú y Uganda.

El DRF—que fue iniciado oficialmente en marzo de 2008 y es un proyecto de la Fundación Tides—tiene el objetivo amplio de fortalecer a las OPD del mundo en desarrollo y de Europa Oriental / antigua Unión Soviética a fin de que participen en la ratificación, aplicación y seguimiento de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD).

En la segunda ronda de financiamiento de 2011, organizaciones de Ghana, Nicaragua y 14 países insulares del Pacífico (Estados Federados de Micronesia, Fiyi, Islas Cook, Islas Salomón, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palaos, Papúa Nueva Guinea, República de las Islas Marshall, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu y Vanuatu) pueden solicitar pequeños subsidios para un periodo de 12 meses como OPD que trabajan independientemente o en alianza con otras organizaciones. OPD de Bangladés, Perú y Uganda podrán solicitar fondos únicamente por invitación. Los subsidios oscilarán entre USD 5,000 y 20,000. Apoyarán esfuerzos dirigidos a fortalecer las habilidades de las OPD para abordar la CDPD, así como a desarrollar promoción, defensa y seguimiento de los derechos enunciados en la CDPD.

Se recomienda a las organizaciones interesadas leer todos los criterios de elegibilidad y detalles para solicitud de fondos que se encuentran en esta página del DRF: http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/es/otorgamiento. Cualquier pregunta relacionada con el proceso de las propuestas debe dirigirse a info@disabilityrightsfund.org. La fecha límite para enviar propuestas es el 18 de agosto de 2011.

En 2010, el DRF otorgó 99 subsidios por un total de USD 2.222,123 a organizaciones en 15 países (Bangladés, Estados Federados de Micronesia, Fiyi, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Islas Salomón, México, Nicaragua, Papúa Nueva Guinea, Perú, Tuvalu, Ucrania, Uganda y Vanuatu). Los subsidios, que oscilaron entre USD 5,000 y 100,000, se destinaron al desarrollo de habilidades de las OPD para abordar la CDPD y defender los derechos de las personas con discapacidad a nivel local; también fueron otorgados a coaliciones lideradas por OPD para la promoción, aplicación y seguimiento de la CDPD a nivel nacional.

El DRF cuenta con el apoyo de la Agencia Australiana para el Desarrollo Internacional (AusAID), el Departamento para el Desarrollo Internacional (DFID) del Reino Unido, el Fondo Sigrid Rausing, Fundaciones para una Sociedad Abierta y el Servicio Mundial Judío Americano (AJWS), entre otros.

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Disability Rights Fund Announces Letter of Interest Process for Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda (English y Español)

Posted on 5 May 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Disability Rights Fund Announces Letter of Interest Process for Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda

May 5, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is announcing a new letter on interest process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda. 

DRF is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities. Officially launched in March 2008, DRF empowers DPOs in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD). DPOs in Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda have received DRF support since 2008.

Now, instead of preparing full proposals as a first step, DPOs from Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda may submit a letter of interest as a first step to determine if their project fits DRF eligibility criteria. DPOs may apply as single organizations or partnerships to build skills and develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CRPD. The activities should take place during a 12-month period beginning in January 2012. Grant awards range from USD 5,000 to 20,000.

Interested organizations are urged to review the eligibility criteria and letter of interest details posted at the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant. The letter of interest process helps determine fit with DRF criteria and priorities before applicants expend time and resources to put together a full proposal. If eligible, applicants will be requested to submit a full proposal.  

Any questions on the letter of interest process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org. The deadline for receipt of Letters of Interest is June 15, 2011.

In expanding the LoI process, Director Diana Samarasan said, “DRF aims to make our application process as accessible as possible, to ensure that a diversity of organizations of persons with disabilities can and do apply.” To date, the Fund has given out $5 million to organizations in 17 countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu). Grants have ranged from USD 5,000 to 100,000 and support CRPD skills-building, local rights advocacy, and national-level CRPD promotion, implementation and monitoring by DPO-led coalitions.

DRF’s donors include the American Jewish World Service, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Leir Foundation, the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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 Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad anuncia proceso de formulario pre-solicitud para Bangladés, Perú y Uganda

5 de mayo de 2011

PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA

BOSTON, MA – El Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (DRF) anuncia un nuevo proceso de formulario pre-solicitud para organizaciones de personas con discapacidad (OPD) en Bangladés, Perú y Uganda.

El DRF es una iniciativa de colaboración financiera entre donantes y la comunidad mundial de personas con discapacidad que apoya los derechos humanos de estas personas. Iniciado oficialmente en marzo de 2008, el DRF fortalece a las OPD del mundo en desarrollo y de Europa Oriental / antigua Unión Soviética a fin de que participen en la ratificación, aplicación y seguimiento de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD). OPD en Bangladés, Perú y Uganda han recibido apoyo del DRF desde 2008.

Ahora, en lugar de preparar solicitudes completas al principio, OPD de Bangladés, Perú y Uganda pueden enviar un formulario pre-solicitud como primer paso para determinar si su proyecto es compatible con los criterios de elegibilidad del DRF. Las OPD pueden presentar una solicitud como organizaciones que trabajan independientemente o en alianza con otras para desarrollar habilidades, promoción, defensa y seguimiento en torno a la CDPD basándose en los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Las actividades deberán llevarse a cabo durante un periodo de 12 meses a partir de enero de 2012. Los subsidios oscilan entre USD 5,000 y 20,000.

Se recomienda a las organizaciones interesadas leer los criterios de elegibilidad y detalles del formulario pre-solicitud que se encuentran en esta página del DRF: www.disabilityrightsfund.org/es/otorgamiento. El proceso de formulario pre-solicitud ayuda a determinar si un proyecto es compatible con los criterios y prioridades del DRF antes de que las organizaciones inviertan tiempo y recursos en preparar una solicitud completa. De ser elegibles, se pedirá a las organizaciones que presenten una propuesta completa.

Cualquier pregunta relacionada con el proceso de formulario pre-solicitud debe dirigirse a info@disabilityrightsfund.org. La fecha límite para enviar formularios pre-solicitud es el 15 de junio de 2011.

Al amplia el proceso de formulario pre-solicitud, dijo Diana Samarasan, directora del Fondo, “el DRF procura hacer nuestro proceso de solicitud lo más accesible que sea posible, para asegurar que diversas organizaciones de personas con discapacidad puedan solicitar fondos y lo hagan”.

Hasta la fecha, el DRF ha otorgado un total de USD 5 millones a organizaciones en 17 países (Bangladés, Ecuador, Estados Federados de Micronesia, Fiyi, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Islas Salomón, México, Namibia, Nicaragua, Papúa Nueva Guinea, Perú, Tuvalu, Ucrania, Uganda y Vanuatu). Los subsidios, entre USD 5,000 y 100,000, se han destinado al desarrollo de habilidades de las OPD para abordar la CDPD y defender los derechos de las personas con discapacidad a nivel local; también fueron otorgados a coaliciones lideradas por OPD para la promoción, aplicación y seguimiento de la CDPD a nivel nacional.

Entre los donantes del DRF están la Agencia Australiana para el Desarrollo Internacional (AusAID), el Departamento para el Desarrollo Internacional (DFID) del Reino Unido, el Fondo Sigrid Rausing, la Fundación Leir, el Instituto de la Sociedad Abierta y el Servicio Judío Americano Mundial (AJWS).

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NEWS: Manila Declaration, Asia Pacific Conference on Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 1 June 2009. Filed under: East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IDA – Asia Pacific Regional Conference on the CRPD Implementation and Monitoring

MANILA DECLARATION

February 11-12th, 2009

We, the delegates from The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Samoa, Fiji, and Republic of Korea being members of Disabled Peoples’ International, Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Rehabilitation International, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the DeafBlind, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, and Asia Pacific Disability Forum, all of which are members of International Disability Alliance (IDA) and participated in Asia Pacific Regional Conference on the CRPD Implementation and Monitoring, held at Manila, The Philippines on February 11-12, 2009,

We acknowledge the support of the Government of The Philippines, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc (KAMPI) for this Conference.

After due deliberation and having reached consensus on the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) we make the following Declaration which shall be hereby referred to as the Manila Declaration 2009

GOVERNMENT
• We urge National Governments in the Asia and Pacific Region, to set the machinery in motion to ensure the signing, ratification without reservation, implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD and the Optional Protocol;
• We further demand that the governments enact new legislation or amend existing legislation for Persons with Disabilities and related statutes to be in conformity with UN CRPD;

• We urge Public Authorities to change from a charity-based to a rights–based approach and from medical model to social model on disability as required by the UN CRPD;

• We ask all governments to initiate disability sensitization programs and to mainstream disability issues in all national agendas for the empowerment of persons with disabilities ;

• We recognize the vulnerability of all persons with disabilities with HIV/AIDS and we therefore request National Governments to address this urgent issue;

• We urge the Governments to include Children, Women and Youth with disabilities in all education and training programmes;

• We demand that Persons with Disabilities be represented through their representative organizations in law and policy making at all levels as required by Article 4 of UN CRPD;

• We recognize the positive role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the lives of Persons with Disabilities. We therefore urge the Governments to facilitate the acquisition of ICT equipments;

• We appeal for the enactment of Disability Anti Discrimination Acts in our respective Countries;

• We seek the full participation of Persons with Disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012) in order to promote the accession, implementation and monitoring of UN CRPD;

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
We urge National Human Rights Institutions to include CRPD in their Plans and Strategies and constitute a Committee or Focal point to address Disability issues.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
We urge International Development Funding Agencies to include Disability Dimension in all their policies and programs;

We urge International Development Funding Agencies to modify the requirements in the Agreements so as to enable DPOs to access the technical and financial support;

MASS MEDIA
We urge Mass Media to promote positive images of Rights and Concerns of Persons with Disabilities.

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US



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FUNDING: Small Grants for Deaf Children

Posted on 23 March 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Children, Deaf, Funding, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GLOBAL: Small grants programme for deaf children

Since 2002, Deaf Child Worldwide has supported organisations working to help deaf children overcome the barriers that contribute to their poverty and isolation.

Round 8 of Deaf Child Worldwide’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) opens on 19 March 2009 and ends 30 May 2009.

The SGP supports projects which show clear, measurable and sustainable improvements to the lives of deaf children and their families in developing countries.

Deaf Child Worldwide fund projects of up to three years and for a maximum amount of £30,000 (£10,000 per year). Visit the website for information on the SGP and the application process.

Successful projects must meet one or more of Deaf Child Worldwide’s strategic aims. Applicants must consider our cross-cutting themes in the development of their proposal.

Deaf Child Worldwide is focusing its activities in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and Latin America (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). You must be based in one of these countries to apply to SGP.

Applications are only accepted in ‘concept note’ format in English or Spanish. The deadline for submission of concept notes to Deaf Child Worldwide is 30 May 2009. Selected projects will start in January 2010.

The following documents can be downloaded from the Deaf Child Worldwide website:

* Background information leaflet containing details of the full eligibility criteria
* Guidance on applying
* Concept note format

Visit: www.deafchildworldwide.info

More details on the Small Grant Programme at http://www.deafchildworldwide.info/where_we_work/small_grants_programme/index.html

More details on how to apply at http://www.deafchildworldwide.info/where_we_work/small_grants_programme/how_to_apply/index.html

Missed the May 30, 2009, deadline? Deaf Child Worldwide offers similar grants on a periodic basis, though not always in the same countries. Consult their web site at www.deafchildworldwide.info to learn of future opportunities like this one.



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JOB POSTS: “Careline Officer”, Mobile Phone Company, Bangladesh

Posted on 10 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Deaf, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , |

The following job vacancy notice is targeted at people in Bangladesh who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have physical disabilities. The application deadline is February 12, 2009.

Subject: [1191] “Career Opportunity for People with Disabilities!”

Dear Friends,
Please find the following circular on career opportunity for people with Disabilities.

You are cordially requested to disseminate it among deserving persons with disabilities or display it on your notice board.

Hope your cooperation will contribute towards getting employment of a person with disability.

“Career Opportunity for People with Disabilities!”

BanglaLink, a leading Mobile Phone Company in Bangladesh invites applications from deserving candidates for the position of “Careline Officer” for its Customer Support/Call Center division.

This position is exclusively open for men and women with hearing and physical disability.

For detailed information about academic requirement and other competencies please e-mail to awdpbd@gmail.com

Deadline for application is February 12, 2009

Source:
Asst. Information Officer
AWDP-Bangladesh
E-mail: info@awdpbd.org
Web: http://www.awdpbd.org



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NEWS: Emergency Response for Bangladesh Disability Community Following Cyclone Sidr

Posted on 18 December 2008. Filed under: Disaster Planning & Mitigation, News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SSDP’s Program Achievement Nov’07 – Oct’08
The Southern Socio-economic Development Program (SSDP) is a non profitable NGOs working for underprivileged rural community especially for people with disabilities (PWDs) in southern coastal area of Bangladesh. We are very proud of to extend our service to Cyclone SIDR affected people by the support of various donor.

A snapshot of our achievement of Emergency Response activities against SIDR 2007.

1 st phase:
1. Distributed survival package among 3750 household those who are with SIDR affected vulnerable people including PWDs in the area of Barguna District
2. Distributed 400 tents among the household those who were living under the open sky.
3. Distributed Food and hygiene kinds among 500 women.
4. Distributed milk (DANO) among 200 babies & Mother

Phase -2
1. Supported 2000 household through providing 20 kg rice by food for work
2. Supported 2000 household through providing 10kg paddy seeds.& 25gm vegetables seeds
3. Supported 4000 household through providing seeds for agricultural production.
4. Distributed 55000 plants among 5500 household
5. Providing boat, net and others materials to 300 nos fisherman for restoring live and livelihood
6. Installation of 45 nos Deep Tube well for 910 household.
7. Installation of 2184 nos sanitary latrine for the 2184 household.
8. Reconstruction of 75 nos DHTW platforms
9. Construction of 24 nos School sanitary latrine.
10. Distributed hygienic kits among 6000 household

Also:
• Disbursed a total amount of Tk.14,50,000/= among 250 PWDs HH for goat purchase
• Disbursed a total of Tk.11,50,000/= among 1000 PWDs HH in cash
• Distributed survival package among 1000 PWDs HH 3 rd phase:
• Provided 10 accessible house to PWDs and income generation support.
• Installation of 280 tin shed pacca sanitary latrine to 280 HHs
• Education support for 176 CWDs (children with disabilities)
• Facilitating IGA (Income Generating Activities) supports to 230 PWD HHs

During addressing emergency response activities SSDP also have some visitors from National and International donors.
1. Mr. Roger Bodary, National Director, Habitat for Humanity International Bangladesh
2. Mr. Oliver Broua, Rapid response Coordinator, Regional Support Office-South Asia from European Commission.
3. Mr. Norbert Nicoup, Mission chief , handicap International from France
4. Country Director-save the children –USA
5. Farrah Kabir, Country Director, Action aid Bangladesh
6. Dr. Malay Chandra Mirdha , ICCDDRB
7. Abdur Rashid, Executive Director NGO Forum for WSS
8. Mr.Jahid Hasan with MJF team and more

Core programmatic achievement of SSDP
With a view to sustainable development of underprivileged community especially people with disabilities (PWDs) SSDP is working since 1990 and supported the PWDs through inclusive education, IGAs for self-employment, assistive devise, medical support, PTR Self-help group (SHGs) formation, skill training, social mobilization advocacy and lobbing etc. With a view of capacity building also provide/ facilitate awareness raising program, different training like leadership, decision making, involvement in various social activities and curricular activities.

Some case of remarkable successful as well as achievement of SSDP can be present in following manner.
Case -1. Sarmin, a physically WWD girl passed her 16 years of life within a room with attached bath room. She never comes outside her room. SSDP discover her and provide an assistive device. It was a joyful day in her life when she sees the open sky and the socio-culture environment first during her 16 years life. She moved whole the Barguna District town by her wheel chair. She looked every thing with her surprising eyes every moment. Every body also enjoys this scenario.

Case -2. Jamal, a physically disabled person beneficiary is running a grocery shop taken support from SSDP through its IGA support program. He started the business with the capital of Tk.4000.00 and at present he is running with the capital of Tk20000.00. Now he is happy with his family with a monthly income of Tk.4000.00 – 5000.00 per month..

Present scope of work at the SSDP working area rehabilitation and sustainable development.
a. Accessible housing support for changing life’s of the PWDs families with sanitation facilities.
b. Livelihood support for Income generating.
c. School based forestation
d. Inclusive Educational for CWDs.
e. Self help Group promotional activities for social inclusion
f. Medical and Assistive Devise support for the PWDs
g. Primary health care support, and medical support for the PWDs
h. Psycho-social care support program
i. Home based gardening.
j. Long term agriculture rehabilitation program for food security. k. Climate change protection and disaster management program support.

Present supporters & Donors :
a. Action aid Bangladesh. ECHO.
b. Manusher Junnay Foundation ( MJF)
c. Stings Lillian Fonds through DRRA
d. Cristfel Blind Mission (CBM), GARMANY -Centre for Disability and Development ( CDD)
e. Nari Pakha.
f. Steps towards Development, Gender & Development Alliance
g. Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE), GOB and DAM
h Action on Disability and Development (ADD)
i. Health Link UK through SARPV-Bangladesh
j. Dark and Light Netherlands through CDD
k. Habitat for Humanity International – Bangladesh Country Office.
l. ADDIN Welfare Centre- HASAB Consortium

Additional cooperation requirement:
a. Program support for livelihood and food security for the fishermen community along with PWDs.
b. Disaster Risk reduction and management program.
c. Training center cum cyclone shelter establish organizational sustainability
d. Program support for the self-help group promotional activities for social inclusion for PWDs

If you have any queries please communicate with SSDP and /or visit their program area.
Md. Habibur Rahman
Executive Director
Southern Socio-economic Development Program (SSDP)
Amtali Natun Bazar
Amtali Barguna , Bangladesh
Phone: 04452-56136, Mobile: 01712-163604
E-mail: ssdp_2004@yahoo.com, habibssdp@gmail.com



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating this report from the SSDP.

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NEWS: Bangladesh Women with Disabilities Hold National Dialogue

Posted on 16 December 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Press Release on “National Dialogue on the Rights of Women with Disabilities”
A “National Dialogue on the Rights of Women with Disabilities” was held at the Dhaka Press Club VIP Lounge in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 November 2008 between 10.00 am to 01.00 pm. The conference was well attended, with over 120 participants, from a wide range of backgrounds— individuals living with disabilities and their families, political leaders, foreign mission/high commission representatives, National/International NGO representatives, providers of disability and social support services. A Number of important government officials and media personnel were also present. The conference opened with a welcoming address from Mr. Abdus Sattar Dulal, the founder and Executive Director of BPKS, the sponsoring agency for the event. Ashrafun Nahar, Coordinator of the Women with Disabilities Network at BPKS presented the key note paper for the program. Also addressing the participants were Mr. Bill Winkley, Executive Director, One Family International and Charles Whitley, First Secretary of the European Commission to Bangladesh, Kamar Munir, Joint Secretary and Alimusshan, Additional Secretary, NGO affairs Buroue. The program was organized by BPKS, with support from the European Union. Mr Rezul Karim, Secretary for Forest and Environment Ministry of Bangladesh spoke as chief guest that we should do our duty properly concerning WWDs right and they should included in mainstream development process strongly. They are the part of our society and nation also.

Information was also provided about the situation for Women with Disabilities, their needs and their rights. The objective of the dialogue was to provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the complex issues facing WWDs at the individual, social and national levels.

The Dialogue resulted in the generation of a number of key recommendations in relation to Women with disabilities and;
• Women’s Development policy
• Women Rights
• Accessible environment
• Education
• Employment and Economic independence
• Political empowerment
• Economical participation
• Justice in relation to violence against women

Established in 1985, BPKS works all over the country. Nationally and internationally, BPKS provides information, guidance and support in forming representative disabled people’s organizations and promoting the self confidence and capacity building of individuals and groups at the grassroots level. It is replicating its own approach, called PSID (Persons with Disability Self Initiative to Development) to build the self-reliance and strength of persons with disabilities. BPKS networks with a variety of other agencies to motivate persons with disabilities so that maximum development impact can be achieved. With the support of its donors, BPKS works improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities throughout the country. To find out more about the work of BPKS and how you can get involved, please visit www.bpksbd.org or call 880-2-2892 3915.

Recommendations on the Rights of Girls and Women with Disabilities

For girls and women with disabilities in Bangladesh to live life with dignity, the following recommendations for action are made;
1. Barriers should be removed so that women with disabilities can access the justice system when crimes or incidents of discrimination are committed against them.
2. Perpetrators of crimes against women should be appropriately trialed and punished and where a crime results in disability, the victim should have access to rehabilitation services and due compensation.
3. Women with disabilities should have access to vocational training programs that take into account their skills and abilities as well as their support needs.
4. Girls and women with disabilities should have access to affordable education. They should also be provided with assistive devices to assist in their social integration and their learning. More scholarships should also be available to support girls with disabilities from poor family backgrounds.
5. Girls and women with disabilities should be actively encouraged to participate in cultural, artistic and sporting activities.
6. Vocational skills training should be provided to women with disabilities so that they may participate more competitively in the labor market.
7. Women with disabilities should have access to appropriate employment that matches their skill and education level. Further job opportunities should be created and current employment quotas should be preserved and adhered to.
8. Based on assessment of need, girls and women with disabilities should be provided with assistive devices to assist them in activities of daily living.
9. Women holding positions of leadership in political parties or other organizations should be supported to maintain their roles in the event that they should become disabled.
10. Quota systems prioritizing employment of women with disabilities should be more widely applied to the labor market.
11. All girls and women with disabilities should have access to affordable and appropriate health care services.
12. All new built environments, including cyclone shelters should be accessible to women with disabilities and those that are not should be modified to accommodate them.
13. Women’s participation in agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestation sectors should be actively encouraged and likewise, those sectors should also be encouraged to involve women.
14. Publicity in the media that portrays women in an undignified or disempowering manner should be stopped. The media should be encouraged to portray women in ways that demonstrate their contribution to society, their abilities, their power and their agency.
15. Women with disabilities should have equal access to skills training in the mass communication sector so that they can participate more widely in television, radio and print media.
16. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in the Women’s Development Implementation and Evaluation Committee.
17. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in district and Upazila level committees.
18. Women with disabilities should be actively encouraged and supported to participate in grassroots organizations.
19. The needs and rights of women with disabilities should be incorporated into the work plans and schedules of Government Ministries, National planning bodies, as well as International and National NGOs.

TODAYS RECOMMENDATION

20. All women throughout the country should have access to quality pre and post natal maternal care and additional support should be available for families where there is a child with a disability. Maternity leave should also be more widely available and extended to six months.
21. WWDs should have greater access to public transport. This should be guaranteed in law, but also addressed through a public awareness raising campaign for the general public.
22. Awareness raising campaigns are also needed to help address the widespread discrimination faced by WWDs. This should also focus on changing attitudes amongst men.
23. Awareness raising campaigns are also needed to encourage families to support their girls with disabilities to attend school.
24. A national survey is needed on the situation of people with disabilities throughout the country. This is essential to assist in district and National level planning processes.
25. A new act is needed for WWD’s and PWDs.
26. Fruitful counseling needed for PWDs and WWDs.
27. Role of media in raising awareness and educating the community should be strengthened.
28. Independent hospital for acid burned women is needed.
29. Day long consultation meeting for Govt. And NGO institute about PWDS rights and needs.



The press release and set of recommendations was recently circulated by Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS).

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NEWS: First Committee of Disability Rights Convention Experts Elected

Posted on 23 November 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

First Committee of Experts on Disability Rights Convention Elected

(New York, United Nations, November 3, 2008): Today, the first Conference of States Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) elected the new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. The Committee comprises seven men and five women, of which nine are persons with disabilities. The twelve Committee members elected are:

Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri (Bangladesh) (4-year term)
Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar) (4-year term)
György Könczei (Hungary) (2-year term)
Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) (4-year term)
Cveto Uršič (Slovenia) (2-year term)
Jia Yang (China) (4-year term)
Mohamed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan) (4-year term)
Ron McCallum (Australia) (2-year term)
Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) (4-year term)
Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) (2-year term)
Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) (2-year term)
Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) (2-year term)

By drawing lots, six Committee members listed above will serve for a two-year mandate, while the other six members have a four-year mandate.

William Rowland, Chair of the International Disability Alliance CRPD Forum: “We congratulate the members of the Committee for their election and look forward to very close interaction with the Committee. We encourage all Committee members to support Rules of Procedure for the new Committee that will ensure meaningful participation from representative organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in all stages of their work. The Committee should consider the IDA CRPD Forum not only as the network that represents the key stakeholders of the CRPD, but also as a source of expertise.”

The Committee will hold its first one-week meeting in Geneva in February 2009. The Conference of States Parties decided to hold its next meet in 2009, which confirms the substantive nature of the Conference.

For more information on the IDA CRPD Forum, please visit the website:

http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/forum.html

or send an email to: idacrpdforum@yahoo.com.

The IDA CRPD Forum is the network of international and regional organisations of persons with disabilities, which has been established to promote the swift and proper ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol.



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NEWS: BPKS Bangladesh Congratulates Obama, Thanks for Including Disabled

Posted on 10 November 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region, Violence | Tags: , , , , |

Congratulation letter to US President-elect Obama from Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) Bangladesh Dear all in Disability movement, We disabled peoples from Bangladesh send the congratulation letter to Obama as the Elect president of the USA and mentioned thanks for his acknowledgment of the need for unity between all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. Please see the letter that attached herewith. Sattar from Bangladesh

November 4, 2008
Mr. Barack Obama
President Elect
C/o The Embassy of the United States – Dhaka
Madani Avenue
Baridhara, Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

Dear Mr. Obama,

As the Executive Director of Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKSP and President of the National Alliance of Disabled People’s Organisations (NADPO) and on behalf of the membership of Disabled People’s Organizations of Bangladesh, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations for your historic success today. You demonstrated enormous determination and integrity throughout the election campaign and I truly wish you every success.

I would also like to thank you for your acknowledgment of the need for unity among all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. This is an important step in the right direction. However, at this crucial juncture, I would also like to take this opportunity to request that you give your very serious consideration to the catastrophic impact of war and conflict on all people, particularly those that are vulnerable, including people with disabilities. I also enjoin you to consider the tragic way in which war creates more people with disabilities, people who will struggle with poverty and face enormous challenges, long after the bombs stop falling.

Finally, I urge you to use your new position as a world leader, for the good of people with disabilities, not just in your great country, the United States of America, but also in those oft “forgotten corners” of the world you referred to in your speech, like Bangladesh, and others, where wars continue to be waged.

With our warmest regards and best wishes from Bangladesh,

Md Abdus Sattar Dulal
Executive Director, BPKS


  • Thank you to Md Abdus Sattar Dulal for agreeing to allow this letter to be posted at We Can Do. This letter is one more contribution in a campaign among people with disabilities and allies around the world to send emails to Obama. These emails are an opportunity to thank him for mentioning people with disabilities in his election night speech and also an opportunity to remind him of the campaign promises he made to people with disabilities. These include a promise to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more about the Call To Action, and how you can participate, at https://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/

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    NEWS: Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations in 7 Countries

    Posted on 10 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    PRESS RELEASE
    Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations in 7 Countries

    November 3, 2008
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a groundbreaking collaborative to support the human rights of people with disabilities around the world– today announced funding decisions from its first request for proposals. A total of $800,000 will be gifted to 33 organizations in seven countries. The grants will support work to raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities, build coalitions and networks, and develop advocacy and monitoring activities, in connection with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    DRF grantees share the goal of advancing the rights of people with disabilities at the country-level. Recipients include:
    • A Ugandan organization of lawyers with disabilities.
    • An emergent Peruvian group of people with psycho-social disabilities.
    • A grassroots network in Bangladesh of women-led disabled persons’ organizations.
    The full grantee list is posted on the DRF website, www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantees.html and is available upon request.

    “As the disability rights movement gains new impetus through the UN Convention we are delighted to play our part by placing new funding in the hands of DPOs to enable them to advance rights at country level,” stated DRF Co-Chair, William Rowland. DRF Director, Diana Samarasan, added “It is an auspicious day to put money in the hands of organizations run by people with disabilities. The first Conference of States Parties to the Convention is being held at the UN; the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is being elected. The work of translating the Convention from paper to practice is before us.”

    Grantees were selected after a rigorous review process which included review by DRF’s Steering Committee, a committee composed of donor representatives and people with disabilities from the Global South.

    DRF’s donors include: an anonymous founding donor, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Open Society Institute, the UK’s Department for International Development, and the American Jewish World Service.

    A grantee list can be requested from DRF by writing to dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org. Or you can consult the Grantee web page at the Disability Rights Fund website.

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    As an addendum from this We Can Do editor, I would like to encourage readers to consult the Disability Rights Fund website to learn about upcoming funding opportunities from their organization for projects to promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Readers may also wish to consult their extensive resource listings to find resources that can help them learn how to raise funds, find funding sources, and use the CRPD to promote the human rights of people with disabilities in their country.



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    Dhaka University in Bangladesh Creating Disability-Friendly Environment

    Posted on 25 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Education, Inclusion, News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Dear Friends

    Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Disabled Students Rights Forum in cooperation with Dhaka University organized a roundtable discussion titled ‘Right to education for students with disabilities: Barriers and moving forward to inclusion into mainstream’ held at Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka on Aug, 2008. Professor S.M.A. Faiz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka attended the roundtable as Chief Guest while Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Country Director, ADD moderated the event.

    Disabled friendly environment should be ensured in university for disabled students in acquiring higher education. This is why; the authority of the university should be sensitized in building a sustainable infrastructure paving the advancement to the disabled students in getting higher education smoothly. The speakers demanded at the roundtable discussion.

    Prof Faiz said, Dhaka University is committed to ensure the disabled friendly environment paving the disabled students in acquiring higher education. We will try our level best to do for the betterment of the disabled students studying in DU. We will bring this issue to the policy making authority in a view to find the better way out mitigating the existing barriers faced by the disabled students. He also assured to award the scholarships to the disabled students more and ease the admission process so far.

    The distinguished speakers said that a tiny group of students got chance in getting admission at higher education by their arduous efforts as they always face the grueling barriers from everywhere. So, the authority of Dhaka University should take initiatives to move forward for inception of inclusive education where disabled students will enjoy full facilities having higher education. The issue should be taken as a serious agenda in the policy making level of the university for easing the problems of the disabled students, which could be replicated to other universities.

    Among others Prof Dr. AFM Yusuf Haider, Pro-VC, DU, Prof. Md. Muinuddin Khan, VC, ASA University and former adviser to caretaker government, Prof Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, Educationalist, Prof. M. Anower Hossain, General Secretary, Dhaka University Teachers Association, DU, Mr. Anisul Haque, Deputy Editor, Prothom Alo, Sultana Zaman, education expert, Mr. Syed Rezaur Rahman, Registrar, Dhaka University, Mr. Sadek Khan, Syndicate Member, DU, Prof. Farida Rahman, Registrar, Jagannath University, Prof. Syed Anower Hossain, Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, Amader Shamoy Abul Kalam Azad, President, Disabled Students Rights Forum, DU and Mozammel Haque, Advocacy Coordinator, Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer, Fazlul Azim, Human Rights Officer, ADD spoke at the roundtable discussion.

    Key findings of the roundtable
    • 5% quota should be reserved for the students with disabilities in the university admission process.
    • Formulation a policy to ensure higher education uninterruptedly for the students with disabilities
    • Set up ramps and disabled friendly spacious and talking lifts in all buildings of the university and introducing Braille readers and writers at the halls of residence.
    • Allocation of seats of residential halls should be reserved for student with disabilities
    • Seats should be reserved for disabled students at university bus which should also be disabled friendly
    • The process of getting scribes (interpreter) for visually impaired persons in delivering examination should be easy and allowed necessary extra time for examination
    • Scholarship should be reserved for the students with disabilities
    • Every department of university should appoint a disability sensitive teacher to minimize the barriers of the disabled students
    • Attitudes of teachers, administrative officers, students should be sensitive to the disabled students, so, the authority should organize training on disability for those groups in a view to deal the disability issue from rights based approach
    • UGC should constitute a specific guideline on disability for the universities to deal the students with disabilities and take actions for implementation properly
    • Inclusive education should be materialized managing all facilities for the students with disabilities
    • Disability issue should be included at policy making body of university as a serious agenda to ensure congenial atmosphere for students with disabilities to obtaining higher education
    • Authorities should appoint officials at the university dormitories who would read newspapers for the visually impaired students.

    I hereby attach a brief report on the roundtable discussion for your convenience.

    Thanking you

    Md. Aktar Uddin
    Communication and Fundraising Officer
    ADD
    Cell: 01726-832567



    Ensure disabled friendly environment at university for students with disabilities obtaining higher education

    Disabled friendly environment should be ensured in university for disabled students in acquiring higher education. This is why; the authority of the university should be sensitized in building a sustainable infrastructure paving the advancement to the disabled students in getting higher education smoothly. The speakers demanded at the roundtable discussion titled `‘Right to education for students with disabilities: Barriers and moving forward to inclusion into mainstream’ held at Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka yesterday organized by Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Disabled Students Rights Forum in cooperation with Dhaka University.

    Professor S.M.A. Faiz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka attended the roundtable as Chief Guest while Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Country Director, ADD moderated the event.

    Prof Faiz said, Dhaka University is committed to ensure the disabled friendly environment paving the disabled students in acquiring higher education. We will try our level best to do for the betterment of the disabled students studying in DU. We will bring this issue to the policy making authority in a view to find the better way out mitigating the existing barriers faced by the disabled students. He also assured to award the scholarships to the disabled students more and ease the admission process so far.

    He also opined that Physical impairment can not be a bar to get admission in educational institutions. The students with disabilities deserve equal education facilities everywhere. Of course, potentialities lying in disabled students if flourished can play a vital role in advancing social development.

    Prof Faiz heard patiently the problems of the disabled students of DU and gave some instant solution to do. He also opined that states should take the disability issue as a serious concern as it covers 10% population of the country, so they must be noticed priority concern from everyone for bringing into mainstream. He also called upon the corporate sectors to come forward standing beside the students with disabilities to bring them into mainstream.

    Among others Prof Dr. AFM Yusuf Haider, Pro-VC, DU, Prof. Md. Muinuddin Khan, VC, ASA University and former adviser to caretaker government, Prof Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, Educationalist, Prof. M. Anower Hossain, General Secretary, Dhaka University Teachers Association, DU, Mr. Anisul Haque, Deputy Editor, Prothom Alo, Sultana Zaman, education expert, Mr. Syed Rezaur Rahman, Registrar, Dhaka University, Mr. Sadek Khan, Syndicate Member, DU, Prof. Farida Rahman, Registrar, Jagannath University, Prof. Syed Anower Hossain, Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, Amader Shamoy Abul Kalam Azad, President, Disabled Students Rights Forum, DU and Mozammel Haque, Advocacy Coordinator, Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer, Fazlul Azim, Human Rights Officer, ADD spoke at the roundtable discussion.

    Serajul Islam Chowdhury, Professor Emeritus said we have to change our attitudes towards the persons with disabilities. Obviously, we should not think the disability issue as charity, rather an issue of rights. We should respect their capability and dignity. The demand of 5% quota for disabled students is very rational.

    Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, the daily Amader Shomoy urged the authority of Dhaka University making disabled friendly environment at DU to give the opportunity the students with disabilities having higher education smoothly through taking all out initiatives.

    The distinguished speakers said that a tiny group of students got chance in getting admission at higher education by their arduous efforts as they always face the grueling barriers from
    everywhere. So, the authority of Dhaka University should take initiatives to move forward for inception of inclusive education where disabled students will enjoy full facilities having higher education. The issue should be taken as a serious agenda in the policy making level of the university for easing the problems of the disabled students, which could be replicated to other universities.

    Key findings of the roundtable
    • 5% quota should be reserved for the students with disabilities in the university admission process.
    • Formulation a policy to ensure higher education uninterruptedly for the students with disabilities
    • Set up ramps and disabled friendly spacious and talking lifts in all buildings of the university and introducing Braille readers and writers at the halls of residence.
    • Allocation of seats of residential halls should be reserved for student with disabilities
    • Seats should be reserved for disabled students at university bus which should also be disabled friendly
    • The process of getting scribes (interpreter) for visually impaired persons in delivering examination should be easy and allowed necessary extra time for examination
    • Scholarship should be reserved for the students with disabilities
    • Every department of university should appoint a disability sensitive teacher to minimize the barriers of the disabled students
    • Attitudes of teachers, administrative officers, students should be sensitive to the disabled students, so, the authority should organize training on disability for those groups in a view to deal the disability issue from rights based approach
    • UGC should constitute a specific guideline on disability for the universities to deal the students with disabilities and take actions for implementation properly
    • Inclusive education should be materialized managing all facilities for the students with disabilities
    • Disability issue should be included at policy making body of university as a serious agenda to ensure congenial atmosphere for students with disabilities to obtaining higher education
    • Authorities should appoint officials at the university dormitories who would read newspapers for the visually impaired students.

    Achievement
    The issue of creating congenial atmosphere for the students with disabilities at universities to obtaining higher education has grabbed the attention of the public and private university authorities, educationalists, researchers, students political leasers, civil society, general students, mass media and other concerns resulting the sensitization will be turned into active support materializing the rights of disabled students in acquiring higher education. All the speakers agreed upon the demands of the roundtable so far. They strongly uttered their commitment to provide their full support and cooperation ensuring rights to education for students with disabilities.

    The Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University gave some instant solutions after hearing the problems faced the disabled students and he also assured doing best to minimize the barriers in getting education smoothly. He also declared that Dhaka University will provide all out cooperation to ADD in organizing any programme at Senate Hall of DU regarding the development of disabled people. The roundtable also experienced the prolific confidence, mental strength, active team force and unity among the students with disability in moving forward to materialize their rights to education through strengthening disability movement.



    Thank you to Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer at ADD, for circulating this notice and the accompanying report on the DU roundtable.

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    JOB POST: Assistant Coordinator, Bangladesh, National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD)

    Posted on 30 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Career Opportunity
    Application deadline: August 5, 2008

    The National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) is the apex federating body of NGOs working in the field of disability in Bangladesh. Established in 1991, it is registered with the Department of Social Services under the Ministry of Social Welfare and with the NGO Affairs Bureau. At the national level, it is a member of the National Coordination Committee and the National Executive Committee on Disability (formed under the Disability Welfare Act 2001) and the National Social Welfare Council and the National Foundation for Development of the Disabled Persons. With current membership strength of over 200 organizations, it has earned the recognition & reputation as the only interface between the Government and NGOs in the field of Disability, for its role in coordination and policy advocacy to uphold the rights & privileges of persons with disabilities in this country.

    In order to strengthen its secretariat, NFOWD is looking to fill in the following position with immediate appointment:

    Assistant Coordinator:
    This is a mid-level position reporting to the Program Coordinator. Major responsibilities will include:
    (a) Overseeing project related activities,
    (b) Preparation of analytical reports on national and international policies, strategies, events and programs relating to Disability, and to suggest policy options for NFOWD.
    (c) Developing necessary documents and materials for publication and/or circulation/distribution, such as annual reports, newsletters, articles, advocacy campaigns etc.
    (d) Preparing workshop/ meeting reports/minutes and assisting the Director on matters arising out of the meeting decisions.
    (e) Disseminating information on special events or any other related documents to member organizations.
    (f) Responding to the requirements of GOB and other agencies concerned with the interests of NFOWD.

    The position calls for extensive independent travel across the country. Salary is negotiable.

    The ideal candidate will be a dynamic team person, willing & capable to travel frequently & independently. Strong interpersonal & communication skills both in Bangla & English, and computer skills both in Bangla and in English, along with at least three years’ hands on experience are essential. Working experience in any Disability program is desirable. Women will be encouraged. People with disabilities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

    If you fulfill the abovementioned criteria, and feel that you are the person to take up the challenge, please send your curriculum vitae to NFOWD at the address mentioned below positively by Tuesday, the 5th of August 2008 either by post or e-mail. (To reiteriate: please do NOT contact We Can Do. Instead, please use the contact information provided below to reach NFOWD directly.)

    Contact will be established with only short-listed applicants for further recruitment process. Any sort of persuasion in this regard, either in person, by mail or phone, will automatically disqualify the candidate.

    The Secretary General
    National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD)
    8/9 Block – A, Lalmatia
    Dhaka – 1207
    Bangladesh
    E-mail: nfowd@bdmail.net



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    RESOURCE: Making Schools Inclusive: How Change Can Happen

    Posted on 10 July 2008. Filed under: Case Studies, Children, Cross-Disability, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Education, Inclusion, Middle East and North Africa, Resources, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Less than a decade ago, more than 100 million primary-school aged children still had never entered a classroom. Today, that number has dropped below 80 million, even though the world’s population has grown in that time. Clearly progress has been made. But children with disabilities are being left behind: one-third of the world’s children out of school are disabled. Many of the rest are excluded for other reasons that pose their own set of challenges: some are left behind because they are girls; or because they don’t speak the dominant language of their country; or because they experience discrimination on the basis of their ethnicity.

    How can Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) help schools in their country be more inclusive of students who have commonly been excluded? Save the Children UK has released a new report that offers guidance: “Making Schools Inclusive: How Change Can Happen: Save the Children’s Experience” (PDF format, 4.14 Mb). This report describes successful projects, and the lessons learned, from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Bangladesh, China, Somalia, Brazil, Western Balkans, Mongolia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Serbia, India, and Morocco. Children with disabilities are targeted for many of these projects.

    The report begins by describing both the conditions that prevent inclusive education and the conditions that can help make it possible. It also analyzes projects that have made it possible for linguistic minority students–and Deaf students–to obtain a bilingual education. Teacher training programs have helped encourage teachers to create more inclusive classrooms for children with disabilities and other students who have historically been excluded. Several countries have used Community-based Education Management Information Systems (C-EMIS) to draw upon the knowledge and motivation of local community members in making education more inclusive. Each chapter ends by discussing what lessons other communities in other countries may find helpful in implementing their own projects.

    Advocates who tire of hearing governments complain there isn’t enough money will especially wish to read the 6th chapter on “Addressing financial barriers to inclusive education.” Funding issues are also discussed briefly throughout earlier chapters of Making Schools Inclusive (PDF format, 4.14 Mb).

    The 8th chapter points readers to further materials and resources that may be helpful to them in advocating for more inclusive education in their countries.

    The full 64-page report can be downloaded in PDF format (4.14 Mb) at http://www.eenet.org.uk/downloads/Making%20schools%20inclusive%20SCUK.pdf.



    We Can Do learned of this report through an announcement posted on the EENET Eastern Africa email discussion group. The discussion group is devoted to issues relating to inclusive education in Eastern Africa.

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    Disability Rights Fund Opens Grantmaking to DPOs in 7 Countries

    Posted on 16 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    En español

    PRESS RELEASE
    Disability Rights Fund Opens Grantmaking to DPOs in 7 Countries

    JUNE 16, 2008

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund—a groundbreaking grantmaking collaborative supporting the human rights of people with disabilities—today announced its first grants competition.

    The broad objective of the Fund — which was launched by the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and an anonymous donor on the first anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) — is to empower disabled persons organizations in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to effectively implement and monitor the CPRD.

    In 2008, the Fund plans to give out a total of USD $700,000 in one-year grants ranging from USD $5000 – $50,000 and aimed at awareness-raising, strengthening coalitions and networks, and rights advocacy.

    To be eligible for this year’s grants program, applicant organizations must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in the following seven countries: in Africa, Ghana, Namibia and Uganda; in Latin America, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru; in Asia, Bangladesh. In these countries, the Fund will support Disabled Persons’ Organizations activities that advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at country-level.

    Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, www.disabilityrightsfund.org. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org by July 15. The deadline for applications is August 15.

    Disability Rights Fund Steering Committee Co-Chair, William Rowland, President of the World Blind Union, stated “The Disability Rights Fund heralds an innovative partnership between donors and persons with disabilities. The flow of new resources to support our struggle for rights is a development of major significance.”

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    COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
    El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad abre su período de subvenciones a OPDs en 7 Países

    16 de junio de 2008

    PARA SU INMEDIATA PUBLICACIÓN

    BOSTON, MA – El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad, una iniciativa colaborativa que apoya los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad – anunció hoy su primera competición por subvenciones.

    El objetivo amplio del Fondo – que fue lanzado por el Open Society Institute, el Sigrid Rausing Trust, el Departamento para el Desarrollo Internacional del gobierno británico, y un donante anónimo, en el primer aniversario de la Convención Sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD) de las Naciones Unidas – es el de empoderar a organizaciones de personas con discapacidad en el mundo en desarrollo y la Europa del Este/antigua Unión Soviética, para la implementación y monitoreo efectivos de la CDPD.

    En el 2008, el Fondo tiene planificado otorgar un total de USD $700,000 (dólares estadounidenses) en subvenciones de un año de duración que varían desde los USD $5,000 hasta $50,000, dirigidos al aumento de la concientización, el fortalecimiento de alianzas y redes, y la defensa de derechos.

    Para poder optar al programa de subvenciones de este año, las organizaciones aplicantes deben tener su sede y realizar la mayoría de sus actividades en alguno de los siguientes siete países: en África, Ghana, Namibia y Uganda; en América Latina, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Perú; en Asia, Bangladesh. En estos países, el Fondo apoyará actividades de las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad que contribuyan al avance de la CDPD a nivel de los países.

    Se alienta a que las organizaciones interesadas revisen los criterios de eligibilidad y los detalles para aplicar que se encuentran en el sitio de Internet del Fondo: www.disabilityrightsfund.org. Cualquier pregunta acerca del proceso para realizar propuestas deberán dirigirse a: info@disabilityrightsfund.org a más tardar el 15 de julio de 2008. La última fecha para enviar aplicaciones es el 15 de agosto de 2008.

    William Rowland, Co-Presidente del Comité Coordinador del Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad, quien también funge como Presidente de la Unión Mundial de Ciegos, declaró “El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad ha constituído una asociación innovadora entre donantes y personas con discapacidad. La canalización de nuevos recursos hacia la lucha por reivindicar nuestros derechos, es un desarrollo de importancia significativa.”



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    Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship for Masters or Doctorate

    Posted on 25 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship for Masters or Doctorate
    [The application deadline for this scholarship for people in the Asia-Pacific region is June 30, 2008.]

    The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships are a component of the Australian Leadership Awards, a regional program under the Australian Scholarships initiative. Australian Leadership Awards aim to develop leadership, build partnerships and linkages within the Asia-Pacific.

    They are intended for those who are already leaders or have the potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes, both in their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. The ALA program comprises of Scholarships and Fellowships.

    ALA Scholarships are academically elite awards offered to high achievers from the Asia-Pacific region each year to undertake postgraduate study (Masters or Doctorate) and a Leadership Development Program in Australia.

    Selection for ALA Scholarships is highly competitive, based on leadership qualities and on academic excellence.

    ALA Scholarships are an investment in the future of the Asia-Pacific region. In this regard, ALA scholars are required to return to their home country or the region for two years after they have completed their studies.

    In future years, ALA scholars will belong to a unique group – the Australian Scholarships Alumni Network (ASAN) – that will maintain strong and enduring links to Australia. Managed by AusAID as part of Australia’s overseas aid program, ALA Scholarships are open only to citizens of countries in the Asia-Pacific region with which Australia has a significant aid program.

    Objectives of ALA Scholarships
    ALA Scholarships aim to:

    • develop a cadre of leaders advancing regional reform, development and governance
    • increase exchange of knowledge and information within the region
    • build common purpose and understanding between Australia and the region
    • build capacity to address priority regional issues
    • build effective networks between Australia and the region
    • demonstrate the benefits of Australian education through the provision of high quality education.

    Fields of study
    Awards are open to all fields of study, however, study programs that relate to the priority themes of international trade, pandemics, security and climate change (including clean energy) are encouraged. Scholarships are not available for military training, or training in areas related to nuclear technology and flying aircraft.

    Levels of study
    An ALA Scholarship enables candidates to undertake studies leading to a Masters or Doctorate degree in Australia. It does not include Graduate Diplomas, with the exception of those Masters courses that require the completion of a Graduate Diploma as part of the Masters degree.

    Who should apply
    Outstanding applicants with:

    • a very high level of academic achievement at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
    • a high level of English language proficiency
    • demonstrated leadership potential and good prospects to influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in their home country and in the Asia-Pacific region
    • a commitment to participate ASAN on their return home.

    Scholarship benefits
    An ALA Scholarship has a total value of up to A$110,000 for Masters degrees and A$220,000 for Doctoral programs, not including provisions for the leadership development program.

    Benefits include:

    • return air travel
    • visa support
    • establishment allowance
    • full tuition fees
    • =

    • contribution to living expenses
    • Introductory Academic program (IAP)
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only).

    Eligibility
    To be eligible for an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship, applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements outlined below.

    Applicants must be a citizen of one of the participating countries listed below.
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis & Futuna.

    Applicants must not have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence status, nor be in the process of applying.

    Application information
    <a href=”Read the following information at the scholarship web site before you apply:

    Frequently asked questions
    Timeline for applicants
    Eligibility
    Selection criteria
    Terms and conditions of the scholarship
    How to apply
    Further information

    If the material found on http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfmthe website for the Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship does not provide the necessary help, please direct enquiries by email to: ala@ausaid.gov.au

    More information is available at the Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship web site at: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm



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    Bangkok Event Marks Entry into Force of Disability Rights Treaty

    Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    United Nations in Bangkok to Mark Entry into Force of Treaty on Disability Rights
    Special Event to be Held on Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) – A ground-breaking new international treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will enter into force on 3 May 2008 – one month after it was ratified by the twentieth country.

    In Asia and the Pacific, which is home to about 400 million persons with disabilities, Bangladesh, India and the Philippines are the three countries which have already ratified the Convention. Thailand is expected to do so soon.

    The Convention is the first ever international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, and it aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.

    To celebrate the Convention’s entry into force, three UN bodies in Bangkok will organize a special event on Wednesday, 30 April 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., at the United Nations Conference Centre.

    It is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

    Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, will address the event, which will feature a keynote speech by Senator Monthian Buntan of Thailand – who is blind – on the impact of the entry into force of the Convention and the importance of its ratification for countries in the region. Ms. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a member of the
    Government of India’s Planning Commission, will also speak.

    A related photo exhibition, entitled “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities,” will be on display featuring various prize-winning photographs. The special event will also include a live musical performance by a group from Thailand, “The Network of Music and Arts of Persons with Disabilities.”

    About ten per cent of the world’s total population – around 650 million people – are estimated to be living with various forms of disabilities. The percentage is even higher among the world’s poorest people, around 20 per cent of them having some kind of disability. People with disabilities are mostly marginalized and among the poorest of the poor, with limited access to education, employment, housing, transportation and health services. They represent a significant, but generally overlooked, development challenge.

    Ensuring equality of rights and access for all persons with disabilities would have a beneficial impact on the social and economic conditions of each country, by enhancing their participation in education, employment, cultural, social and political activities and increasing their consumer power.

    The new Convention marks a significant step in this direction. It encourages States to stop viewing persons with disabilities as passive recipients of charity, medical treatment and social protection. Instead, it casts persons with disabilities as active members of society and “subjects” who have rights and are capable of claiming those rights, being also able to make key decisions based on their free and informed consent.

    NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Media representatives are cordially invited to attend this special event on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Reception Hall, Ground Floor, United Nations Conference Centre, at ESCAP’s headquarters in Bangkok.

    ***

    For further information, please contact:

    Ms. Aiko Akiyama
    Population and Social Integration Section
    Emerging Social Issues Division
    ESCAP
    Bangkok
    Tel: 662-2882315
    Mobile: 66-81-8309176
    Fax: 662-2881030 or 2881009

    or

    Mr. Ari Gaitanis
    United Nations Information Services
    ESCAP
    Bangkok
    Tel: 662-2881862
    Fax: 662-288-1052
    Email: unisbkk.unescap@un.org

    Aiko Akiyama
    Social Affairs Officer
    Emerging Social Issues Division (ESID)
    UNESCAP
    RAJDAMNERN NOK AVENUE,
    BANGKOK 10200
    THAILAND
    Tel: 66-2-288-2315
    Fax: 66-2-288-1030
    Cellular: 66-81-830-9176
    Email akiyama@un.org
    http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/index.asp



    This announcement was recently circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development listserv.

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    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Empowering Disabled in Bangladesh Through Micro-Credit

    Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Volunteer Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    If I understand correctly, it seems that the participating fellow/volunteer may need to cover all associated travel and other expenses. In exchange, you would gain experience that you can put on your resume. Please use the contact information provided near the bottom of this announcement to obtain more detail about this opportunity.

    Short Term Fellowships (3 months)
    1 position available

    BANGLADESH: Using micro-credit to empower the disabled community, raising awareness about disabilities, and advocating for disability rights in Bangladesh

    Based in: Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Host: Since 1991, Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO) has been working for the development and protection of the disabled community in Bangladesh. Founded and run by individuals living with blindness themselves, BERDO’s programs include microcredit, rehabilitation, a Talking Library, scholarships, job placement, health services, and disability prevention. BERDO fulfills its mission through networking, research, advocacy, and service.

    Responsibilities:

    • Identify and define a clear social justice agenda,
    • Work with BERDO to develop their micro-credit programs, and disseminate information on these programs
    • Produce a newsletter regularly, website content, and press releases
    • Place articles with the local and international press
    • Explore existing and new ways to help disabled persons exploit ICT, including social networking
    • Develop eco-network of local ICT supporters
    • Continue developing BERDO’s website
    • Expand upon the BERDO partner page (AP site)
    • Expand BERDO’s network of micro-credit contacts, locally and internationally
    • Expand BERDO’s network of contacts with disability rights advocates
    • Limited fundraising (small social justice projects)

    Qualifications:

    • Understanding of disability issues, rights, and advocacy possibilities, including the new International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
    • Knowledge and experience of microcredit (preferred)
    • Sensitivity, flexibility, open-mindedness, and a willingness to confront new challenges
    • Experience in advocacy or activism
    • Networking and excellent interpersonal skills
    • Strong writing skills

    For more detail, consult the web site at:

    http://www.advocacynet.org/page/3months

    Any questions about this opportunity should be directed to aburrows@advocacynet.org



    Thank you to Amy Wilson for passing along this announcement.

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    NEWS: Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum Founded

    Posted on 8 April 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Ghulam Nabi Nizamani has asked that people circulate the following press release.

    COMMONWEALTH DISABLED PEOPLES’ FORUM

    Press Release

    A New Voice Shouts to the Commonwealth –
    Nothing About us Without Us.

    Disabled youth and adult people from 16 Commonwealth countries came together from 15-17 March, 2008 in London to launch a unique Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum (1), the purposes of which will be to provide a link between disabled people’s organisations in all Commonwealth countries and all the political structures of the Commonwealth.

    At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 2007 the civil society challenge to CHOGM was to mainstream disability in sustainable development, to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and to adopt disability inclusive policies. This cannot be achieved without a strong, democratic forum of disabled youth and adults to ensure implementation.

    We had a vibrant and dynamic series of meetings to consolidate the vision, constitution and activities of the Forum (2). The youth met separately to devise their own creative methods of self representation and organisation. We came together in a final agreement of how to go forward together. It is essential that the voice of young disabled people is heard clearly in the work of the CDPF. They are the future leaders and builders of our shared vision of a Commonwealth built on equality, human rights and respect for diversity.

    The major focus of our work in the next two years, including a major conference before CHOGM in 2009, will be to ensure that Commonwealth countries sign, ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. As Rachel Kachaje said at the Launch of the CDPF, hosted by the Commonwealth Foundation at Marlborough House,
    ‘Disabled people see that hope springs out of the convention – hope for a new, inclusive world where disabled people can be seen as fully human’

    We, All Sanghar Handicaps’ Association Pakistan are very proud to have part of this exciting new beginning and look forward to working with our disabled colleagues to ensure our full inclusion in all the nations of our shared Commonwealth.

    For further information contact:
    Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
    South Asia /South East Asia Regional Representative
    Bakhoro Road Sanghar-68100, Pakistan. (3)
    Ph # +92-333-2916281
    Email: ghulamnabi.nizamani@gmail.com (4)

    (1) This meeting was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation, DFID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and ADD.
    (2) Officers elected were: Chair: James Mwanda (Uganda), Vice Chair: George Daniel (Tinidad & Tobago), Secretary: Javed Abidi (India), Treasurer: Richard Rieser (UK), Women’s Representative: Rachel Kachaje, (Malawi) Youth Representatives: Laura Kanusu (Uganda)
    George Kasara (Kenya), Regional Representatives: Ghulam Nabi Nizaamani (Pakistan), Lesley Emmanuel (Antigua), Setareki Macanawai (Fiji), Steve Estey (Canada) Thomas Ongolo (South Africa).
    (3) The registered office of the CDPF will be in India and there will be a liaison office in the UK to work directly with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation.
    (4) This email address can be changed after website of CDPF.



    In addition to the above press release, Ghulam Nabi Nizamani also made the following note in mid March:

    The following countries from South Asia and South East Asia are member countries of Commonwealth. These Countries are invited to submit application for Commonwealth Disabled Peoples’ Forum (CDPF) Country Focal Point.
    Bangladesh
    Brunei Darussalam
    India
    Malaysia
    Maldives
    Pakistan
    Singapore
    Sri Lanka

    The Organization must be National Level Organization in respective country if in any country there will be no National Organization we will support to encourage to estabilish National organization in that country. Please also send establishment date of Organization, Network in the Country, Some credible work done in past. Please send information by mail or email before the first week of April 2008.

    Cheers!
    Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
    Regional Representative CDPF
    South and South East Asia

    Note: We have no contact from Brunei Darussalam please help us for finding National organization there.



    Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for sharing the above press release. Any inquiries should please be emailed to him directly at ghulamnabi.nizamani@gmail.com.

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    NEWS: Bangladesh Disability Forum Elects New National Executive Council

    Posted on 7 April 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    This notice was recently circulated by the Association for the Welfare of the Disabled People (AWDP) in Bangladesh.

    Congratulations!

    Association for the Welfare of the Disabled People AWDP warmly congratulates the newly elected National Executive Council (NEC) of National Disability Forum NFOWD in Bangladesh. The election was held on 29 March afternoon at Social Welfare Complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Through this election a fifteen member NEC was elected comprising eight PWD (five are persons with visual impairment and three persons with physical challenges) members including a woman with disability for the duration of next two years. This is for the first time in the history of NFOWD majority number of people with disabilities from diverse background and approaches of intervention comprised the NEC.

    AWDP Executive Council on behalf of all its members congratulates this newly elected NEC for taking a great challenge to promote rights, dignity and participation of people with disabilities in Bangladesh. AWDP will extend all its support and cooperation to this Council towards achieving an inclusive, rights-based society for all.

    Thanking you.

    Md. Mahbubul Ashraf
    Coordinator, AWDP, Bangladesh
    Convener, Self-help Initiative Thematic Group, NFOWD



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    RESOURCE: Disabled Women’s Organizations in Pacific-Asia

    Posted on 7 April 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Resources, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The following list of Disabled Women’s Organizations, Groups, and Committees in the Asia/Pacific Region (plus a few in Africa) was developed at the International Labour Organisation in Bangkok in December 2007. We Can Do readers should note that contact information can change quickly. If you try contacting an organization and cannot seem to reach them with the contact information given here, try googling the name of the contact person, or the name of the organization, or both. You can also consult other resources that can help you find more disability-oriented organizations around the world.

    List of Disabled Women’ Organizations/Groups/Committee
    Date: 19-12-2007

    Annie Parkinson
    President of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
    Post Office Box 605 Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018 Australia
    Tel: + 61 3 62448288
    Fax: + 61 3 62448255
    E-mail: wwda@wwda.org.au
    Web: http://www.wwda.org.au

    Sabina Hossain Kochi
    Chair Person of
    Women with Disabilities Development Foundation BPKS complex, Dhakkhinkhan, Uttara, Dhaka 1230. Bangladesh
    Tel: + 880-8923915,8960077
    E-mail: bpks@citechco.net

    Ashrafun Nahar Misti
    Deputy coordinator of Women with Disabilities Development Network
    BPKS complex, Dhakkhinkhan, Uttara, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
    Tel: +880-8923915,8960077
    E-mail: cotoed@bpksbd.org
    Champa Dash
    Chairperson of
    Disabled Women’ Development Committee
    PSID center Narail
    Moheshkhola Narail PSID Center
    Post: Narail, Upzilla & dist: Narail, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-8901713196017

    Shucithra Rani Shaha
    Chairperson of Disabled Women ‘s Development Committee,
    Nagarpur Disabled Peoples Organizations Tangail Bangladesh
    Vill & Post : Mamud Nagar
    Upazilla: Nagarpur, District: Tangail
    Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01711`512295, 01712078249

    Mah,uda Khatun
    Chairperson of Disabled Women Committee Narshindi
    Narshindi Disabled People Organization to Development
    Vill: Ashrafpur (Near Sub registry Office )
    Upazilla: Shibpur, District : Narshingdi
    Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01712078247, 01713196024

    Hafsa Akter
    Chairperson of
    Disabled Women Development Committee
    Chandpur
    Chandpur Disabled People Organizations to Development
    Vill: Charbashanto, Upazilla: Faridgonj
    District Chandpur, Bangladesh
    Mob: +8801712o78245

    Soyada Shahina
    Disabled Women’s Development Committee
    NDDS Protibandhi Kallayan Society (PKS)
    24, R K Mission Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Mob:+880-01712069686
    e-mail: pks-bd@agnionline.com

    Naznin Nahar
    Coordinator of
    Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Meherpur
    SPD Complex, Post: Mujibnagar
    Dist: Meherpur-7100
    Bangladesh
    Tel:+880-2-07923-74011
    Fax: +880-2-8332924
    e-mail:spd@bdonline.com

    Nasima khatun
    Chairperson of Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Disabled People Organizations to Development Moulovibazar, Bangladesh
    Vill: natissar, Post: Giash Nagar ,
    Upazilla & Dist: Moulovibazar , Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01712078248

    Lovely akter Shapla
    Chairperson of Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Monmanshingh Disabled Peoples Organizations to Development
    Vill: Voradoba Klab bazaar, Upazilla: Valuka
    Dist: Moimanshingh, Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01713196029

    Women with Disabilities Project Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID)
    House # 715, Road # 10,
    Baitul Aman Housing Society
    Adabor
    Dhaka- 1207 Bangladesh
    Tel: 9129727, 8143882
    Fax: 8125669
    E-mail: csid@bdonline.com, csid@bdmail.net
    Web: www.csidnetwork.org

    Disabled Women’s Committee
    Fiji Disabled People Association 355 Waimanu Road, Suva G.P.O. Box 15178, Suva, Fiji
    Phone: +679- 331-1203
    Fax: +679- 330-1161.

    Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong
    Room 11-12, G/F, Wang Cho House
    Wang Tau Hom Estate Kowloon,
    Hong Kong, China
    Fax: +852-2337-1549
    Email: women@awdhk_conf.org
    For all disabilities.

    Miss Berhane Daba
    President of Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA)
    P.o. Box 43128
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Tel: + 252-1-0911-451717
    Email address berhanedaba@yahoo.com

    Regina
    Secretary of Sadhana Women with Disabilities Association Tamil Nadu
    ADD India
    Kallukadai Steet, Sathyamoorthy Nagar
    Keeranur Pudukottai District
    Tamil Nadu, India
    Email: addindiatn@rediffmail.com
    All disabilities

    Kuhu Das,
    Director of Association of Women with Disabilities 6/J, Surah 2nd Lane, Phoolbagan, Kolkata-700010, India
    Tel: +91-64535802
    Fax: +91-23639115
    Mobile: +91-9830226718
    E-mail: sawwd@vsnl.net

    Shampa Sengupta
    Representative of Women with Disability, Sruti Disability Rights Centre
    Sruti disAbility Rights centre
    5A R.K. Ghosal Road
    Kolkata 700 042, India
    Tel: +91- 9433174978

    Sobhagya Goyal
    Vice President of National Forum for Visually Impaired Women
    All India Confederation of the Blind Ghasety Bazar Ajmer
    Rajasthan, India
    Tel. : +91- 0145-2621185
    Mob. : +91 – 9414708018

    Ms. Lidya Miranita
    Indonesian Association of Women with Disabilities (HWPCI)
    Jl. Cempaka Putih raya No. 1, Jakarta – Pusat
    Jakarta – 10510 – Indonesia
    Tel/Fax : +62-21-42879844
    E-mail : ariani_0704@yahoo.com
    website : www.hwpci.org

    Indonesian Blind Women Union (PERTUNI)
    Gedung Inkoppol, Gd II, lt. 2
    Jl. Tambak No. 2, Jakarta – Pusat
    Jakarta – 10320, Indonesia
    Tel/fax : +62-21-31931704
    email : pertuni_dpp@yahoo.co.id

    Ms. Kimie Nagumo
    President of DPI Women with Disabilities Network Japan
    Japan
    nagumo-kimie@mwe.biglobe.ne.jp

    Kim, Mi Joo
    Representative of Women with Disabilities Arts and Culture and Network
    Seoul Women’s Plaza 3F NGO Center 345-1
    Daebang-dong Dongjak-gu Seoul 156-808 Korea
    Tel: +82-02-823-8360
    Cell: 011-746-2196
    Email: kim_mijoo@yahoo.com
    Web: http://www.kkipan.com

    Koo Gwi Hoi
    Coordinator of Organizing Committee for the Global Summit of Women with Disabilities
    Swon Bdg, IF, 877-13, Shinjeong5-dong, Yangcheon-gu,
    Seoul, Korea
    Tel: +82-2-2692-2293
    Mobile: +82-19-285-5447
    Email: koohj19@hanmail.net

    Lee Ye-ja
    Korean Differently Abled Women United Organization
    Rm 811, Chritian Building
    136-46 Yonci-dong, Chongno-Ku, Seoul
    Korea (110-736)
    Tel: +82-2-3675-9935
    Email: kdawu@hanmail.com
    leeyeja@shinburo.com
    Web: http://www.kdawu.org

    Catherine Mwayoga
    Women’s Committee
    United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) Waiyaki Way; P.O. box 13488; Nairobi, Kenya
    Tel.: +254-2-443915
    Fax: +254-2-446065,
    E-mail: disability@wananchi.com

    Ms. Daloonny Souvannavong
    Director of Lao Disabled Women Development Center
    Ban Dongphosy, Hatsayfong District Vientiane
    PO Box 6751, Thadeua Rd, Hatsayfong District
    Vientiane Capital, Lao
    Tel : +21 812282
    Fax : +21 812282
    Email : ldwdc@laotel.com

    Shusila Poudel
    President of Nepal Disabled Women Society (NDWS)
    Pulchowk, Lalitpur:3; PO Box 5445, Nepal
    Tel: +997-1- 535770, 531324
    Fax: +997-1- 535770, 535142
    E-Mail: sushila@coho.wlink.np
    ndws@coho.wlink.com.np

    Indira Chapagain
    President of Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA)
    NPC 8973,00560
    Kathmandu, Putalisadak, Nepal
    Tel: +977-1-6635926
    Email: ndwa_ndwa@hotmail.com
    Nara Kumari Karki
    President of National Association for Disabled Women-Nepal (NADW-Nepal)
    P.O. Box 7268 Koteshwor
    Kathmandu Nepal
    Tel: +977-14496664
    E-mail: nadw@hotmail.com

    Shrijana Singh
    President of Deaf Women Development Committee (DWDC)
    P.O. Box 4601 Putalisadak Kathmandu
    Tel: +977-1-415-568
    Fax: +977-1-416-200 Deaf and hard of hearing

    Ola Abu Alghaib
    Stars Of Hope Center ‘Empowerment of women with Disabilities’ Palestine
    Palestine-Mamalloh-Al Elsal-Bazar Commercial Center-4th Floor
    Tel: +972-2-2972345
    Mobile: +972-599-026260
    Email: starofhope2007@gmail.com

    Miss N.G. Kamalawathie,
    President of Association of Women with Disabilities (AKASA)
    Pahalagama Road , Kongollewa,
    Talawa, Sri Lanka
    Tel: +94 25 5670329
    Fax : +94 25 2275022
    Mobile :+94 773121062
    E-mail : akasa7@sltnet.lk

    Savina Nongebatu
    Member of Disabled Women’s Committee Solomon
    Disabled People Organization Solomon DPASI(DPO) Solomon
    Tel: +677- 24863, 677- 36062
    savina_nongebatu@yahoo.com.au
    cbr@moh.gov.sb

    Association of Blind Women Thailand 94/4 Moo 13 Sihaburanukit Road
    Minburi, Bangkok, 10510, Thailand
    Tel: +66-2-233-6079
    Email: abwt@tab.or.th

    Ms. Supattraporn Tanatikom
    Disabled Peoples’ International Asia Pacific Regional Office
    92 Phaholyothin 5 Road, Samsennai, Phayathai Bangkok 10400 THAILAND
    Telephone numbers: (662) 271 2123
    Fax : (662) 2712124
    E-mail: sarahmaithai@gmail.com,
    supattraporn@dpiap.org
    Website: www.dpiap.org

    Ms. Hellen Asamo
    African Women with Disabilities
    P.O. Box 8567, Kampala, Uganda
    Tel.: +256-41-540179
    Fax: +256-41-540178
    E-Mail: nudipu@starcom.co.ug

    Ms. Duong Thi Van
    Women’s Committee of Bright Future Group for People with Disabilities
    124 A Dai La Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: +844 628-0527
    E-mail: van@netnam.com

    Ms. Nguyen Hong Oanh
    Director of Hanoi Women with Disabilities Club 112B5, 46B Pham Ngoc Thach alley, Hanoi (the front gate), Vietnam
    Tel: +84-4-8522 778
    Email: phunuthudo@nguoikhuyettat.org
    lananhdf@gmail.com



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    CONFERENCE: Women, Faith, and Development Summit to End Global Poverty

    Posted on 27 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Children, Events and Conferences, Poverty, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The following announcement is being circulated by the Women’s Faith and Development Alliance. It is not a disability-specific event. But if any We Can Do reader is able to attend, then it could be an opportunity to informally remind other participants at the event about the needs of women and girls with disabilities in international development. If you are already in Washington DC then it is free to attend. But you do need to register in advance.


    Attend the Breakthrough Summit!

    ***YOU ARE INVITED***
    Sunday, April 13, 2008 (2:30-5:30pm)
    Washington, DC, USA

    Washington National Cathedral and the Women, Faith and Development Alliance Present
    Breakthrough: The Women, Faith, and Development Summit to End Global Poverty

    70% of the world’s three billion poor people are women and girls. We must act now to empower women and end poverty!

    Come to the Breakthrough Summit, the first high-level event bringing together the women, faith, and international development communities—as well as policymakers and other global leaders— to launch the Women, Faith, and Development Alliance’s (WFDA) global campaign to make investing in women and girls a priority in the fight against global poverty.

    Join our distinguished Breakthrough Co-Chairs as they issue a call-to-action to assembled guests and all global citizens, urging them to join the campaign and get actively involved:

    • The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
    • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Prime Minister, Canada (1993)
    • Her Excellency Mary Robinson, Former President, Republic of Ireland; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1990-1997)
    • The Reverend Doctor Ishmael Noko, General Secretary, Lutheran World Federation
    • Sheikh Shaban Mabuje, Grand Mufti, Uganda
    • Ashley Judd, Global Ambassador, YouthAids (invited)

    Hear from our honorary Co-Chairs, who are offering important support for our efforts:

    • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Chair, King Hussein Foundation
    • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia (Honorary)
    • His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, South Africa (Honorary)
    • Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder Grameen Bank, Bangladesh (Honorary)

    Individuals, families, colleagues, community groups, clubs, and members of all religious communities are invited to attend the April 13th event, learn more about the global plight of women and girls, hear commitments for women and girls from key public figures, participate in interfaith prayer, listen to live music, and visit an exhibition area to see and purchase Fair Trade and women-made products from around the world.

    For more Summit information, to obtain your free ticket to the Summit, or to sign up for WFDA updates, please visit www.wfd-alliance.org or call (202) 537-3184.

    Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime gathering. Attend the Breakthrough Summit and join WFDA. Help change the lives of millions of women and girls around the globe.



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    NEWS: 12 Countries Ratify International Disability Rights Treaty (CRPD)

    Posted on 17 December 2007. Filed under: Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The United Nations (UN) has announced that 12 countries have now ratified the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Six of these countries also have ratified the optional protocol.

    This international disability rights treaty is meant to “promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities,” including self-determination, physical and programmatic access, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination. (Source: RatifyNow.) The CRPD will become legally binding after 20 countries have ratified it. The optional protocol is a separate document that would allow individuals to seek redress (justice or compensation) for treaty violations internationally after they have exhausted everything that can be done at the national level. The optional protocol will be legally binding after 10 countries have ratified it.

    The most recent four countries to ratify the convention (treaty) are: Bangladesh (November 30); Spain, for both the convention and the optional protocol (December 3); Namibia, for both the convention and the optional protocol (December 4); and Nicaragua (December 7). The other eight ratifying countries are Croatia, Cuba, Gabon, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Panama, and South Africa; of these, Croatia, Hungary, Panama, and South Africa also ratified the optional protocol.

    A total of 118 countries have signed the convention, and 67 countries have signed the optional protocol. Signing the convention and optional protocol does not legally bind a country to obey them. However, signing these documents does commit the country to take no action that would conflict with the goals of the CRPD.

    If you are sighted, you can view a global map that shows visually which countries have signed or ratified the CRPD or the optional protocol. I am not sure if this map is accessible to people with visual impairments. If not, then please consult the UN Enable web site accessibility statement, which encourages people to contact them regarding accessibility issues at their web site.

    More information on the CRPD is available in the RatifyNow factsheet and the RatifyNow FAQ. More information on the optional protocol is also available at the RatifyNow website.



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    TRAINING for Women with Disabilities in South Asia

    Posted on 13 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Project: Creating Space for Women With Disabilities to Communicate & Advocate for their Rights
    Project Partners: AWWD (India), SARPV (Bangladesh), AKASA (Sri Lanka), HLWW (UK), Supported by: DFID, UK

    REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

    “Currently our rights are not understood or heard. We need to mobilize our girls and women to take the challenge and responsibility to make our presence felt. A new generation of leaders is essential to make change happen”
    Kuhu Das, Director, Association of Women with Disabilities – India

    OBJECTIVE
    The initial ‘master’ training will facilitate a group of 25 Women with Disabilities (WWD) from the South Asia region including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives in leadership & advocacy skills within a rights based framework. Those attending will in turn be supported to organize and run national level leadership and advocacy trainings when they return home. They will also develop country strategic advocacy plans, and be offered small seed grants to enable the implementation.

    The participants will engage in a 7 day training process which will enable them to:

    • Share their country level situations
    • Deepen their understanding of a rights based approach to issues affecting WWD
    • Design & plan their adapted leadership and advocacy training at national level based on the initial ‘master’ training
    • Form a regional network of WWDs
    • Design & plan national advocacy and communication strategies for the rights of WWDs
    • Develop WWD leadership training modules including a resource base of materials

    PARTICIPANTS (Criteria for selection):
    The training is open to WWDs and organizations, who will be able to carry out the national level trainings in their respective countries after this initial workshop. They should be well networked and able to mobilize people and resources. They will need some experience of leadership and an ability to motivate others. A working knowledge of English is required, as is the ability to organize and host training events.

    Priority will be given to WWD themselves and organizations working to further the rights of WWD

    CONTENT OF TRAINING:

    Regional Leadership Training: (TOT): 7 days.

    1. Sharing of project and training objectives, finalizing draft schedule and participatory agenda setting
    2. Leadership
      • Meaning, Necessity
      • Quality of a leader
    3. Communication – Advocacy – Lobbying
      • Meaning/Importance/Necessity
      • Good / effective communication
      • Communication tools
      • Development of Advocacy frameworks
      • Advocacy & lobbying – what, why & how
    4. Social Mobilisation
      • Understanding rights, including human rights, rights of women, rights of disabled
      • Significance of human rights instruments (national & international) – CEDAW, UNCRPD, BMF etc.
      • Use and limitations of these instruments
      • Social mobilization to achieve rights
      • Analysis of legislation and policies
    5. Group Mobilisation
      • Meaning/Importance/Necessity
      • Organizing people in groups
      • Mobilizing and managing groups
      • Strengthening group dynamics
      • Setting targets for group
    6. Networking
      • Why? The benefits and challenges
      • Making it effective & sustainable
      • Setting vision and target activities
    7. Planning & designing training
      • Adapting ‘master’ training to national level
      • Content development / modification
      • Quality assurance – M&E
    8. Facilitation skills
      • Participatory approaches
      • Skills development
    9. Working with the Media
      • How to engage with media
      • How to promote issues
      • Media literacy
    10. Action planning for national level training and advocacy activities
      • Strategy development
      • Integrating into existing national and local initiatives
      • Monitoring and Evaluation

    TRAINING STYLE
    The training will be highly participatory, drawing on the experience of the participants to develop and improve our collective knowledge base. Trainers will be from a variety of backgrounds and specialisms including advocacy expertise, network strengthening, media, project planning and management and leadership skills development.

    COSTS
    25 places will be fully supported including travel, food, accommodation and a small allowance.

    Workshop Venue – Kolkota (to be confirmed)
    Dates – mid February 2008 (to be confirmed)

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
    If you are interested to attend this workshop please email a one page letter outlining:
    your interest in this field of work
    your experience in disability activism and rights based approaches
    your experience and capacity to take the work forward at national level
    to:
    Ms Kuhu Das: info@awwdindia.org (Regional coordinator – AWWD India)
    and Mr David Curtis: curtis.d@healthlink.org.uk (Head of Programme and Capacity Development, Healthlink Worldwide, UK)

    Closing date for applications: January 5th 2008.

    A selection committee comprising members from the four lead organizations will assess each application. Please remember that after the initial ‘master’ training, there will be national level trainings in each of the countries in the region so there will be further opportunities to engage at national level.

    This workshop is part of the ‘Creating Spaces – for women with disabilities (WWD) to communicate and advocate for their rights’ project – a collaborative initiative from Association of Women with Disabilities (AWWD) – India, Association for Women with Disabilities (Akasa), Sri Lanka, Social Assistance for the Rehabilitation of the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) Bangladesh and Healthlink Worldwide, UK

    The project is funded by UK Department for International Development (DfID)


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    FUNDING for South Asian Projects on HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination

    Posted on 12 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Funding, Health, HIV/AIDS, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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    South Asia Regional Development Marketplace: Tackling HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination
    For further information please go to:
    http://www.worldbank.org/sardm2008

    On November 26, 2007 the South Asia Development Marketplace on AIDS related stigma and discrimination was launched. Proposals for innovative ideas to tackle stigma can be submitted until January 31, 2008 by community based organizations (CBOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), foundations, private sector groups, universities and schools, local municipal bodies and government institutions – in collaboration with (other) NGOs and CBOs. The 75 candidates who will be selected from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, will be invited to the regional Development Marketplace in Mumbai 15 May, 2008, and there 25 winners will be selected and awarded up to US$40,000 each for an 18 month implementation period.

    To know about the South Asia Regional Development Marketplace: Tackling HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination, please visit the website http://www.worldbank.org/sardm2008.


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    Including the Disabled in Poverty Reduction Strategies

    Posted on 29 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Policy & Legislation, Poverty, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Edited April 8, 2008, to add this paragraph: A new, up-dated version of the handbook described below is now available for free on-line in a format accessible to blind people. It is currently available only in English, but a French translation will be available in a few months from now (April 2008). For more details, go to: https://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/resource-on-line-handbook-supports-disabled-people-in-fighting-poverty/.

    A resource, Making PRSP Inclusive (4 Mb), could help disability advocates in developing countries negotiate with their governments to ensure that disabled people, too, benefit from programs meant to enable them to escape poverty.

    PRSP stands for “Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers” (PRSPs). A PRSP is a paper developed by governments that describe the policy and strategies they need to follow in order to reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals within their country.

    These four little letters—PRSP—are some of the most powerful letters known in developing countries. These four letters can help fight poverty, disease, starvation, and ignorance among all populations—including the disabled. More precisely, they are meant to help governments figure out exactly what programs and resources they need to solve the biggest challenges that face the poorest citizens of their country. If a PRSP is developed well and wisely, then millions could benefit—and escape poverty. But if it is done poorly, then millions could lose—perhaps most particularly people with disabilities whose needs may often be overlooked.

    PRSPs are never—or at least should never be—developed by government officials in isolation. Donors and development banks usually also participate in the process. They are able to offer advice based on what they have learned about PRSPs developed and implemented in many other developing countries. But the most important partners in the PRSP process are members of civil society. That means people like you—represented through non-governmental organizations (NGOs); trade unions; academic institutions; media outlets; federations of poor people; or, essentially, any organization that is not a government agency. Only the ordinary citizens of a country can best know what their own most urgent needs are. And only poor citizens know what barriers they most need to overcome before they can escape poverty.

    The trouble is: in many countries, (Disabled People’s Organizations) DPOs, and people with disabilities generally, don’t participate in the process of developing their country’s PRSP. In some countries, the disability movement may still be weak and fragmented. Also, people with disabilities continue to be “invisible” in most societies: non-disabled people simply don’t think to include them unless they are asked or reminded.

    The handbook, Making PRSP Inclusive, was written by the German chapter of Handicap International and the Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland (German Christian Blind Mission), and was financed by the World Bank and the German government. It is meant for everyone working in the field of disability including NGOs, service providers, professional associations, people with disabilities themselves, DPOs, and parents’ associations, who wants to participate in their national PRSP process. It is for people who want to ensure that the needs and concerns of disabled people are well represented when their government makes important decisions about what projects they should support; what policies they should implement; and what strategies they should follow when fighting poverty.

    The handbook will help readers better understand what the PRSP; who helps develop a country’s PRSP; how the PRSP process works; who finances (funds, pays for) the PRSP; why it is important to include disability issues in your country’s PRSP; and how a DPO can participate in the PRSP. It includes ideas for how you can identify and recruit possible allies so you can help each other become more involved in the PRSP process in your country. It also includes suggestions for how you and the other groups you work with can develop a joint strategy for presenting the needs of disabled people in your country. Later chapters include detailed guidance on how you can work to develop a stronger network or alliance of DPOs and other organizations in your country to advocate or lobby for the needs of disabled people. “Case studies” are presented that describe how the disability movement has already succeeded in including disabled people in the PRSP process in Honduras, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Tanzania

    For people new to disability–or for people who are looking for language that could help them explain disability to others–the Making PRSP Inclusive guidebook includes a section that defines disability and explains the medical, charity, and social models of disability and the World Health Organization (WHO) classifications of disability. (For additional explanation of the medical, charity, and social models of disability, and other models, see the paper Disability Movement from Charity to Empowerment by Kishor Bhanushali.)

    The whole handbook, Making PRSP Inclusive, can be downloaded in PDF format; it is 4 megabytes, so people with a slow modem dial-up will need to allow plenty of time. It may also be possible for you to obtain permission to reproduce and distribute the handbook within your country: for instructions, see the page entitled “Imprint” in the handbook. [EDITED TO ADD: As indicated in the first paragraph of this article, a new, updated version of this handbook is now available on-line, without needing to download any PDF files.]

    Handicap International has a full listing of its publications and resources that, like Making PRSP inclusive, can be downloaded for free. Some are targeted at disability advocates who need better tools and resources for educating their country governments about disability and persuading them to be more inclusive. Other publications are targeted at mainstream development organizations who want to find more effective ways of ensuring that people with disabilities are able to fully participate in the programs and projects they offer.

    The information contained in this We Can Do post was gathered from the Handicap International web site; from the World Bank web site; and from the Making PRSP Inclusive guidebook itself.



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    One for All: Persons with Disabilities Initiative in Development

    Posted on 6 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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    Greetings from BPKS.
    We are organising International Seminar:
    One For All: Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development

    To Share and Build Understanding of a successful Approach which promotes the vital involvement of Persons with Disabilities in a Nation’s Development.

    Date: 10-14 February 2008
    Venue: Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort, Bangladesh
    Organiser: Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
    email: cotoed@bpksbd.org
    web: http://www.bpksbd.org/

    About the Seminar
    In February 2008, Dhaka will host a seminar entitled “One for All-Persons with Disabilities Initiatives in Development’- a dynamic and interactive conference that will present and illuminate an innovative and successful program which promotes the vital involvement of persons with disabilities in a nation’s development. This approach – known as Persons with Disabilities’ self-initiative to Development (PSID)- has been implemented in Bangladesh by Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) and has been many, many success in improving the lives of persons with disabilities and in developing a functional disabled people’s movement within the country. The 5 day International Seminar will introduce and increase understanding of the PSID approach, and create a venue for discussion and exploration of the possibilities that the approach offers the disability movement beyond the borders of Bangladesh.

    About PSID
    A holistic cross-disability approach, PSID creates opportunities for PWDs to design and use their own initiative in order to change not only their lives, but also to contribute to the overall development of the community. In order to ensure and maximize PWDs Development and participation, the PSID approach concentrates on: addressing PWDs primary needs, the formation of disabled peoples organisations and the necessary capacity building, education and intellectual Development of PWDs, skills and economic development, protection and promotion of human rights, creation of an accessible environemnt, disability prevention and health services promotion. The Approach facilitates the development of disabled peoples organisations from the grassroots to the national level. Organizations developed through PSID are owned and managed by disabled people and serve as the local focal point for PWDs and the disability movement, while extending their benefits to the general community and ultimately the nation.

    Objectives of the seminar
    To intorduce the Person’s with disabilities’ self-initiatives to Development (PSID) approach at the internaitonal level to strengthen donor agencies’ understanding of the importance of supporting Disabled People’s organisations (DPOs) in the development process to disseminate information regarding an effective method for formation and strengthening of self-help organisations of disabled peoples to Create an opportunity to view the PSID approach in action

    To strengthen understanding of the relevance of the PSID approach in other countries
    to establish an international network of people supportive of the PSID approach to establish the PSID approach as one which is able to effectively implement international disability and development standards and agreements
    Contents
    date Contents
    10 Feb Situation analysis- disability and development
    International agreements relevant to disability
    Disability and Development-the organisational environment
    BPKS and the Development of PSID
    11 Feb
    What is PSID, PSID- the process, PSID-the outcomes

    12 Feb PSID in practice, field visits by participants to PSID implementation areas

    13 Feb PSID Messages from the field, PSID beyond Bangladesh

    14 Feb Country and regional issues relevant to PSID
    Concluding session

    For details, please contact:
    Ms. Natalie Silcock
    Leader, Seminar Team
    BPKS Complex, Dakkhinkhan
    Uttara, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
    Fax: 880 2 8960078
    Phone: 880 2 8923915, 8960077
    email: seminar@bpksbd.org


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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Disabilities Initiatives in Development Seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb 2008

    Posted on 25 July 2007. Filed under: Announcements | Tags: , , , |

    See the announcement below, about the seminar “One for All Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 10 – 14, 2008.

    If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact:

    Natalie Silcock, Leader, Seminar Team
    Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
    Phone: +8802-8923915, +8802-8960077
    Fax: +8802-8960078
    Email: seminar@bpksbd.org

    —–Original Message—–
    From: bpks [mailto:bpks@citechco.net]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:40 PM
    Subject: FROM BPKS

    Dear all,

    Today I am here to inform you that, BPKS is going to organized seminar on PSID as mention in the attached documents. You may agree that we few peoples work in the world for betterment of the peoples for whom you and we are working and supporting. This PSID seminar give you exceptional opportunity to know the what is the best approach for the development of disabled peoples specially for the developing country. I exceptionally expecting you in this seminar as this is going to introduce very important and innovative approach for world.

    What is your responds?

    Why this seminar needed, firstly we want to share with all peoples involved in the field of disability that what is successful model. Secondly we are taken plan to replicate this approach in some other country who need this holistic development. Also many of our realization that donor looking a good approach that help them to deign program for disabled peoples which is sustainable. So with this understanding we agree to replicate PSID approach in another developing countries so then in those country disabled peoples gain their better possibility. Of course we need to take care of our challenge. BPKS responsibility to those country is to provide technical cooperation and donor responsibility is ensure financial support. We expect two professional who know our PSID program practically that is Bill from USA and Ton from Netherlands.

    I am looking your confirmation.

    Here I attached few of documents that published for PSID seminar.

    Sattar from Bangladesh.

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,
    We at Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) are very excited to inform you about a seminar that we will host in Dhaka from Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th February 2008. The seminar “One for All Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development” will discuss an innovative and successful approach which many of you are already familiar with the Persons with disabilities’ Self-Initiatives to Development (PSID) approach. BPKS has been working with the disabled people of Bangladesh using this approach which promotes the vital involvement of persons with disabilities in the nation’s development for the past 11 years. We are holding this seminar to introduce and increase understanding of the PSID approach, and create a venue for discussion and exploration of the possibilities that the approach offers the disability movement beyond the borders of Bangladesh.
    This is a must attend seminar for all people involved in the disability movement and for all others interested in contributing to this movement. It will be attended by professionals in the disability field, persons with disabilities (PWDs) involved in the disability movement, representatives of development organizations (particularly disabled peoples’ organizations) and individuals with an interest in the disability field who want to contribute to the development of people with disabilities.
    Further information about the seminar is attached with this email. Please refer to this and the BPKS website http://www.bpksbd.org for further information regarding the seminar and BPKS and its PSID approach. Expressions of interest and further enquiries about the seminar are welcome – please direct these to:
    Natalie Silcock
    Leader, Seminar Team
    Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
    Phone: +8802-8923915, +8802-8960077
    Fax: +8802-8960078
    Email: seminar@bpksbd.org
    We look forward to providing you with more information and details about the seminar in the upcoming months, and to welcoming many of you as participants in the seminar in February 2008. Please forward this information to any other parties with an interest in the disability and development field.
    Abdus Sattar Dulal
    Founder & Executive Director
    Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    This email has been sent to you to as a person/organization involved with people with disabilities, disabled peoples’ organizations and/or development. If this has been sent to you in error, or you do not wish to receive any further information regarding this topic, please email seminar@bpksbd.org with “NO FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE” in the subject heading.


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    Asia Pacific Disability Forum Conference in Bangladesh

    Posted on 24 July 2007. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region | Tags: , , , , |

    This announcement was originally distributed on the Intl-Dev email distribution list.

    You are invited to attend the 3rd General Assembly & Conference of the
    Asia Pacific Disability Forum to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh 27-29
    February, 2008. The theme of the Conference, Disability and Development:
    Practical Strategies for the Future, is intended to attract a broad
    range of participants. The goal is to open up a meaningful dialogue to
    strengthen and compliment participants understanding of disability issues.

    For more information, please contact
    Dr Nafeesur Rahman
    Director, NFOWD
    8/9 Block – A Lalmatia
    Dhaka ­ 1207
    Bangladesh
    Tel:    +(880-2) 9124487, 8120415
    Fax:    +(880-2) 9124487 (Ext-107)
    E-mail:         nfowd@bdmail.net
    Website:        http://www.nfowd.com


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