Call for Nominations: Good Policies and Practices Promoting Disability Rights

Posted on 11 May 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Human Rights, Opportunities, Policy & Legislation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Essl Foundation and the World Future Council plan to acknowledge future just policies and exceptional examples of good practice that actively promote and implement the rights of persons with disabilities – both now, and for the future. Together, they aim not only to raise global awareness of exemplary policies and practices, but also to speed up political action “to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity”, as laid out in Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

With this announcement, they invite you to put forward your nominations.
The policies and practices can originate from different areas, from respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy and independence, to full and effective participation and inclusion in society, to equality of opportunity, and accessibility. Nominated practices and, in particular, laws or policies, should be either of a regional or national nature. They should have been in existence long enough to prove their effective implementation and, most importantly, deliver identifiable improvements.

On 22-23 January 2012, there will be a Conference on “Future Just Policies: Persons with Disabilities” in Vienna, to present publicly and commend to, and discuss with, decision makers and parliamentarians, encouraging examples of political responsibility, in order to spread social innovation and development. In addition, we will be establishing a resource of exceptional examples of both good practice and good policy to be readily and easily accessible to all those interested, and who may benefit from it.
The Essl Foundation and the World Future Council would be very grateful if you could provide your nominations by May 31, 2011, to Mr Thomas Butcher,

The present request has been sent to full (national council), associate and observer members of the EDF, members of the UNCRPD Committee, together with major international organizations and individuals working in the field of disability governance. In addition, we should like to encourage you to forward our request for nominations, particularly of good practices, to any other persons, or organizations, you may consider appropriate.

Thanking you in advance for your help,

Yours Sincerely

The Essl Foundation and the World Future Council

The Essl Foundation

The purpose of the Martin and Gerda Essl Social Prize Private Nonprofit Foundation is to support people in need and to promote public awareness about the necessity of support for those in need and to provide the individuals concerned with the appropriate training. Good practice is at the heart of the Essl Foundation’s mission and the foundation believes strongly that social innovation is heavily dependent on entrepreneurs to create change. The present project has grown out of the work the Essl Foundation continues to undertake around the situation of persons with disabilities.

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The World Future Council

The World Future Council aims to be a global advocate for the concerns of future generations in international politics. The Council consists of 50 personalities from around the world who have already successfully promoted change in various and diverse fields. Their activities range from advocating human rights and sustaining the planet to promoting political, scientific, cultural and economic justice. The WFC’s mission is to inform decision makers about the challenges facing future generations and to provide them with practical policy solutions. The WFC identifies and promotes successful policies that can be implemented as laws, policy standards, and international agreements. To achieve this, the WFC draws on its networks of parliamentarians, institutions and organisations around the globe.

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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

We Can Do received this announcement via the Disability Information Dissemination Network, which is managed by the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) in Bangladesh and sponsored by Handicap International. To join the CSID mailing list (email discussion group), people may send an email to and to with the word “join” in the subject line.

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