REPORT: Disability in 28 Asian-Pacific Countries

Posted on 28 January 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Policy & Legislation, Reports, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (2003-2012) was meant to promote a rights-based approach toward disability in the Asian-Pacific Region, in place of the older welfare-based approach. The “Biwako Millennium Framework for Action towards an Inclusive, Barrier-free and Rights-based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (BMF)” was meant to provide countries in the Asian region with a set of principles to help them make the shift. How well has it succeeded?

In 2004, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), a part of the United Nations system, conducted a survey to find out. The result is an 87-page publication entitled “Disability At a Glance: Profile of 28 Countries in Asia and the Pacific” (PDF format, 780 Kb), released in 2006. It is meant to provide disability-related data and policy information so that readers can compare definitions of disability; statistics; the implementation of the Biwako framework; and government commitments to disability issues across the Asian-Pacific region. The countries and regions covered in the publication include: China; Hong Kong; Japan; Mongolia; Republic of Korea; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Timor Leste; Vietnam; Afghanistan; Bangaldesh; Bhutan; India; Maldives; Nepal; Pakistan; Kazakhstan; Pacific Australia; Cook Islands; Fiji; Kiribati; and Solomon Islands.

Each country is represented with a one- or two-page table filled in with relevant statistics and one-paragraph summaries of disability-related legislation and policies in the country. This publication is not the place to seek out in-depth information about the complexities and nuances of daily life for people with disabilities in the Asian-Pacific region. But then, it is not meant to be. It’s strength is that it allows quick and easy comparison of certain specific types of information across many countries within the region. Or, people who wish to gain a broad sense of disability demographics, policies, and inclusion in the Asian-Pacific region as a whole will wish to read the section sub-headed “Key Findings,” starting near the bottom of page 9.

Download the full report (PDF format, 780 Kb) at http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/publications/glance/disability%20at%20a%20glance.pdf.

People interested in reading reports about disability in the Asian-Pacific region will also want to browse the Social Policy Papers on disability listed on the ESCAP web page at http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/publications/index.asp. Two examples of additional reports and publications include Focus on Ability, Celebrate Diversity: Highlights of the Asian and Pacific Decade published in 2003, following the 1993 to 2002 decade; and Hidden Sisters: Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Asian-Pacific Region, 1995.

People also may wish to read the original Biwako framework on-line, or read the 2007 “Biwako Plus Five” update on progress since the Biwako framework was written.



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JOB POST: Project Coordinator, Republic of the Maldives

Posted on 6 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

Position/Title: Project Coordinator
Location: Male, the Republic of Maldives

Handicap International-Belgium is seeking a highly motivated individual with survey and epidemiological experience to fill the position of Project Coordinator.  This is a one-year position starting in September 2008, in order to oversee and help implement a nationally-representative survey on disability in the Maldives.

Handicap International-Belgium (HIB) is an international organization headquartered in Brussels whose aim is ensure the full rehabilitation and integration of persons with disabilities.  It currently operates programs in 13 Asian, African, and Latin American countries and works across a wide spectrum, with prevention projects (in maternal and child health, road safety, and disabling illnesses such as HIV/AIDS), rehabilitation and inclusion projects (community-based rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation centers, inclusive education, and socio-economic integration), and human rights (through support to disabled people’s associations).  In addition, HIB has mine awareness and action projects, and is currently responding to crises in China, Burma, and the DRC.  Finally, HIB is an international advocate on various issues including the global cluster munitions ban. 

The Maldives is a Muslim nation composed of close to 1200 islands in the Indian Ocean, 200 of which are inhabited.  It has a total population of 300 000.  According to the 2003 “Report on Survey of People with Disabilities”, published by the Ministry of Gender and Family, an estimated 3.4% of the population is disabled, although this is likely an under-representation due to the methods used.  Handicap International Belgium’s Maldives program was initiated in response to the December 2004 tsunami, which washed over all but 9 of the islands.  Current projects include supporting the government in its development of a national policy on disability, and, on selected islands, disability awareness and empowerment campaigns and community-based rehabilitation activities.  The Project Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects relating to the design and implementation of a nationally representative survey on disability, which is one of the Maldives program’s key activities.    

      

Description:

This position will be focused on coordinating, from start to finish, the design and implementation of a nationally-representative survey on disability.  This survey is intended to provide information on the impact of disability in people’s lives, through the lens of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force on May 3, 2008.  The responsibilities of the Project Coordinator will be to initially analyze existing data, identifying gaps, and then coordinate the design of a survey that includes both quantitative and qualitative components on islands that have not previously been surveyed.  This will include selecting several remote islands and assessing the situation of persons with disabilities, prevailing attitudes, and inclusion/participation in society.  This will also include surveying service providers. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the relevant government ministries.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Perform an initial thorough analysis, and reformulation, of existing information and data
  • Coordinate and manage the survey process with the research and survey teams, and with the Maldives- and Brussels-based staff
  • Supervise all  stages in the survey design and implementation (including defining aims and objectives; choosing the appropriate theoretical framework for the definition of “disability”; choosing the methodology; choosing the most appropriate tool for detecting disability; training the survey team; analysis and reporting phases, etc.)
  • Organize and supervise the field organization (including recruitment and management of the survey team; arranging transportation and accommodation; creation of survey tools; preparing supplies and materials, etc.)
  • Design and implement survey trainings
  • Maintain regular contact with the research consultants
  • Set up and coordinate the survey advisory group
  • Ensure the quality of the data collected
  • Submit periodic progress reports to the advisory group and to HIB
  • Analyze preliminary data
  • Organize the end-of-survey workshop to share preliminary results
  • Manage the survey budget
  • Synthesize and compile all tools and materials into a comprehensive toolkit
  • Prepare final report

 

Skills/Experience required:

  • MPH, MHS, MS, MA or PhD
  • Previous survey experience, including hands-on experience with the survey design process in low-resource settings
  • Preferred background in public health and/or medical anthropology
  • Preferred knowledge of epidemiology
  • Knowledge of sampling techniques and mixed method data collection strategies
  • Experience working with consultants and institutional partners (government ministries)
  • Experience in substantive search, review and analysis of existing literature and data
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative skills
  • Preferred knowledge of international human rights law and norms, especially as applied to people with disabilities
  • Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in time-sensitive situations
  • Excellent English communication skills – both written and oral
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Willingness to live overseas
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong statistical analysis skills desired
  • Software experience (Excel, and either Stata, SAS, S-PLUS, SPSS, Epi-Info) desired
  • Previous budget management experience desired
  • Previous experience working with disabled populations desired

Deadline: ASAP

 

TO APPLY: Please email letter of interest, resume and names of three references to: monique.ferguson@handicap.be. In the subject field of the email, please type: “Maldives Project Coordinator”.

http://en.handicapinternational.be/index.php



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JOB POST: Project Coordinator, Republic of Maldives

Posted on 10 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Position/Title: Project Coordinator
Location: Male, the Republic of Maldives

Handicap International-Belgium is seeking a highly motivated individual with survey and epidemiological experience to fill the position of Project Coordinator. This is a one-year position starting in September 2008, in order to oversee and help implement a nationally-representative survey on disability in the Maldives.

Handicap International-Belgium (HIB) is an international organization headquartered in Brussels whose aim is ensure the full rehabilitation and integration of persons with disabilities. It currently operates programs in 13 Asian, African, and Latin American countries and works across a wide spectrum, with prevention projects (in maternal and child health, road safety, and disabling illnesses such as HIV/AIDS), rehabilitation and inclusion projects (community-based rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation centers, inclusive education, and socio-economic integration), and human rights (through support to disabled people’s associations). In addition, HIB has mine awareness and action projects, and is currently responding to crises in China, Burma, and the DRC. Finally, HIB is an international advocate on various issues including the global cluster munitions ban.

The Maldives is a Muslim nation composed of close to 1200 islands in the Indian Ocean, 200 of which are inhabited. It has a total population of 300 000. According to the 2003 “Report on Survey of People with Disabilities”, published by the Ministry of Gender and Family, an estimated 3.4% of the population is disabled, although this is likely an under-representation due to the methods used. Handicap International Belgium’s Maldives program was initiated in response to the December 2004 tsunami, which washed over all but 9 of the islands. Current projects include supporting the government in its development of a national policy on disability, and, on selected islands, disability awareness and empowerment campaigns and community-based rehabilitation activities. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects relating to the design and implementation of a nationally representative survey on disability, which is one of the Maldives program’s key activities.

Description:
This position will be focused on coordinating, from start to finish, the design and implementation of a nationally-representative survey on disability. This survey is intended to provide information on the impact of disability in people’s lives, through the lens of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force on May 3, 2008.

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform an initial thorough analysis, and reformulation, of existing information and data
  • Coordinate and manage the survey process with the research and survey teams, and with the Maldives- and Brussels-based staff
  • Supervise all stages in the survey design and implementation (including defining aims and objectives; choosing the appropriate theoretical framework for the definition of “disability”; choosing the methodology; choosing the most appropriate tool for detecting disability; training the survey team; analysis and reporting phases, etc.)
  • Organize and supervise the field organization (including recruitment and management of the survey team; arranging transportation and accommodation; creation of survey tools; preparing supplies and materials, etc.)
  • Design and implement survey trainings
  • Maintain regular contact with the research consultants
  • Set up and coordinate the survey advisory group
  • Ensure the quality of the data collected
  • Submit periodic progress reports to the advisory group and to HIB
  • Analyze preliminary data
  • Organize the end-of-survey workshop to share preliminary results
  • Manage the survey budget
  • Synthesize and compile all tools and materials into a comprehensive toolkit
  • Prepare final report

Skills/Experience required:

  • MPH, MHS, MS or PhD
  • Previous survey experience, including hands-on experience with the survey design process in low-resource settings
  • Knowledge of epidemiology
  • Knowledge of sampling techniques and mixed method data collection strategies
  • Experience working with consultants and institutional partners (government ministries)
  • Experience in substantive search, review and analysis of existing literature and data
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative skills
  • Knowledge of international human rights law and norms, especially as applied to people with disabilities
  • Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in time-sensitive situations
  • Excellent English communication skills – both written and oral
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Willingness to live overseas
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong statistical analysis skills desired
  • Software experience (Excel, and either Stata, SAS, S-PLUS, SPSS, Epi-Info) desired
  • Previous budget management experience desired
  • Previous experience working with disabled populations desired

Deadline: ASAP

TO APPLY: Please email letter of interest, resume and names of three references to: monique.ferguson@handicap.be. In the subject field of the email, please type: “Maldives Project Coordinator”.

http://en.handicapinternational.be/index.php



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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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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.



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PUBLICATION: Feb Issue UN Enable Newsletter

Posted on 28 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Cross-Disability, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The second monthly issue of United Nation’s Enable Newsletter has now been released. The initial launch of this newsletter was announced at We Can Do last month.

A sampling of headlines for the February issue is listed below, except that I have modified them to spell out most acronyms. To read the full stories (usually one or two paragraphs each), consult the February issue of the Enable Newsletter at http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=312

  • UN Commission Renews Mandate for Special Rapporteur and Agrees on Mainstreaming Disability in Development.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Makes New Commitment to Disability
  • World Bank and Organizaiton for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conduct Joint Effort for the Achievement of Millennium Development Goals 2 & 3. [We Can Do note, for those new to international development: the Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets agreed upon by country governments and development agencies for reducing global poverty and improving global health; more information at http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
  • World Bank Psycho-Social Listserv is Open for Sign-Up at http://go.worldbank.org/SIP5GYWK00
  • International Labour Organization (ILO) to Produce Advocacy Kit on Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities
  • Ratification Talk in Serbia
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Raises Awareness in the Maldives
  • Sharing Experiences on Best Practices in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Identifying Concrete Actions in Mozambique Towards Implementation of the Convention
  • Atlas: Global Resources for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Atlas-ID) (We Can Do note: The launch of this Atlas also was announced at We Can Do).
  • United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Moscow Hosts Discussion on Persons with Disabilities

The February issue of the Enable Newsletter also lists several publications and upcoming events. You can read the January or February issue for free. Or you can sign up for a free subscription to receive each month’s newsletter via email, for free. All available at:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=312



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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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