ZOA is excited to have been awarded a #1 ranking score by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the We Are Able! Programme, developed in cooperation with the African Disability Forum, Light for the World, the Leprosy Mission, VNG International and The Hague Academy for Local Governance. The programme is part of the Power of Voices Partnerships for Strengthening Civil Society and will be implemented together with local partners in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Focus on lobby and advocay
We Are Able! focuses on lobby and advocacy by and for people with disabilities and other marginalized groups to increase their access to basic resources such as land and water. We are able! will be working with individuals directly as well as through their representative organisations, such as Disabled People Organisations (DPOs). Formal and informal authorities at local, national and international level will be involved to promote dialogue and a conducive enabling environment for change that ensures food security for those most at need in countries affected by conflict as well as by the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. We are looking forward to developing the details of this programme over the coming months together with our partners .
Responsibility shifts towards southern organizations
We have chosen an innovative approach whereby the program is developed from the outset in close cooperation with southern partners and over time the responsibility for the content and results of the work shifts more and more towards the southern organizations. To facilitate this, building capacities within these organizations and building bridges and contacts between different organizations is central. Partner organization ADF is the umbrella organization for organizations of people with disabilities in Africa and facilitates contact with national and local organizations in the six program countries. Through these, ZOA, Light for the World and Leprazending will work at local level to increase the capabilities of people with disabilities for lobby and advocacy, around land rights and agriculture and other crucial topics and to connect them to other groups in their local contexts. Local authorities are guided in drawing up inclusion agendas by project partners VNGi and The Hague Academy. Ultimately, this work should lead to political changes in those six countries where the program is being implemented, through national the representatives and through the building of international coalitions, not least with Dutch society.
The We Are Able! Programme is in line with our strategic choice to focus on the most vulnerable, as stated in our Strategic Plan ‘Every Life Matters‘.