How we work

Light for the World encourages new forms of international cooperation. We are helping policymakers and activists to develop systems and policies promoting the values of inclusion, both nationally and internationally. We are also part of powerful international coalitions, such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), and have partnered with renowned foundations and institutional donors.

Cooperating with local partners for sustainability

We work with partners because we know we cannot do it alone. We focus on the poorest and hardest to reach because that’s where we will have the biggest impact. We create change through local people, organisations and structures because we want our impact to last.

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change consists of four pieces of a puzzle. These pieces are the combination of disability-specific actions and targeted actions in the mainstream, and access to programmes and social change processes. This leads to four combinations:  a) Disability-specific actions in programmes and  b) Empowerment of persons with disabilities to take their position in society;  c) Involving persons with disabilities in all development programmes and  d) Overcoming barriers in society.

Our programmatic approach is based on our Theory of Change, supporting local partners to implement a combination of disability specific actions, targeted actions in the mainstream, access to programmes and social change processesThis can be condensed into four key aspects:

  1. Disability-specific actions in programmes and
  2. Empowerment of persons with disabilities to take their position in society;
  3. Involving persons with disabilities in all development programmes and
  4. Overcoming barriers in society.

Roadmap to Inclusion - Our Targets 2020

In order to reach our vision – an inclusive society where no one is left behind – we developed 15 strategic targets. Download them here.

Sabine Rehbichler Credit: Gregor Kuntscher

Your contact person for our partnerships: Sabine Rehbichler

+43 1 810 13 00 - 44
s.rehbichler [at] light-for-the-world.org