EIFODEC is cleaning company, an organisation whose vision is to reach a fully inclusive society where no one is left out, won the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge set-up by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The ADA, together with Light for the World, agreed to support the care services and support the cleaning company from July 2016 focussing on education and empowering persons with . disabilities. Light for the World has been working with EIFODEC since 2009.
In order to achieve gender equality, human development organisations need to become more gender sensitive, while other stakeholders, such as women’s rights activists and orgnaisations focusing on gender topics, need to start including persons with disabilities within their ranks and in their activities. Light for the World’s work is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted at the UN on 13 December 2006. The 18 members of the Committee are all independent experts, but chosen by a male-dominated environment. Light for the World was one of the organisations, pubicly criticising this practise and actively supported the candidacy of Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame, a female expert with a disability from Ghana, run-up to the next committee elections in 2018.
The protection and assistance during disasters to women and men, girls and boys with disabilities requires more attention as published in research report of Light for the World in partnership with UNICEF in November 2019.
In Southern Ethiopia our partner, the Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development (ECDD) supported by the Light for the World Inclusion Lab in the Netherlands, did a survey to measure access to healthcare, rehabilitation, education, livelihood and community participation.
This paper will provide the reader with insight into the roles of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and the merits of their involvement in community programmes. It shall also help increase our own transparency and accountability towards the people and communities we serve. Analyses and best practices of DPO involvement in Light for the World programmes can be found in this paper along with case studies for successful ways of supporting DPO empowerment. The content of this paper is based on interviews and focus group discussions with organisations of persons with disabilities, other project partners and Light for the World programme colleagues in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Northeast India and South Sudan.
Lessons learned from disability mainstreaming: In April 2013 an internal evaluation took place on the disability mainstreaming process within the FSUP Gaibandha project. This report reflects the lessons that we have learned about disability mainstreaming so far.
The National Hearing Project in Papua New Guinea tackles the marginalization and exclusion of children and youths with hearing impairments all over Papua New Guinea, reaching more than 100,000 children, young people and adults in 19 regions.
The LIGHT FOR THE WORLD Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Framework brought together 14 CBR projects in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Mozambique between 2009 and 2011 to share experiences and learning. Between them, the projects reached 20,991 beneficiaries. Although the Framework has now ended, the individual projects continue to implement CBR activities with support from LIGHT OF THE WORLD. This report reflects the experiences of the projects during this period and the lessons learned that can provide invaluable learning for other CBR projects. It also provides a useful record of the projects’ activities and outcomes, and enables future planning.