One in eight people lives with a disability. The world’s largest minority—80 percent in developing countries—disabled people face social exclusion, abuse, poverty, and discrimination. It is an environment that denies them health care, education, employment opportunities, and basic human rights. Governments are slow in translating global disability-rights commitments into policy and practice.
Disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) have passion and vision, but often lack the organizational capacities, policy skills, platforms, and resources to mobilize their communities, get seats at the table, and drive concrete improvements in disabled people’s lives.
In three countries across three regions, One Billion Voices will support local DPOs—through a proven combination of leadership and organizational development, rights-based policy knowledge, and catalytic funding—to advance disabled people’s rights and opportunities, strengthen and expand advocacy networks, and partner with governments to build inclusive societies. These countries will be models for global scale-up. Disabled people themselves—organized and empowered—will lead in driving transformative change.
Management Sciences for Health, Inc.website: http://www.msh.org
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