What we do

DCDD’s main focus is on advocacy towards Dutch Parliament and Ministries, development NGO’s and private sector. We always look for allies, strengthening our main goal: full and effective participation of people with disabilities. Next, we also would like to strengthen the network by learning together what disability-inclusion means in practice.

Lobby and advocacy (general)
DCDD monitors the agenda of the Dutch Parliament. DCDD provides input to Members of Parliament on relevant issues. DCDD also follows policy development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and involves regularly representatives of the Ministry in discussions about disability-inclusion.
The political agenda’s of EU and UN are monitored via IDDC-working groups. Members of the DCDD Advocacy Task Group participate in these IDDC-groups. Especially policy making related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the ‘Leave no one behind-agenda’ are very important for DCDD, and therefore actively monitored.
DCDD also approaches Dutch embassies to inform them about situation of people with disabilities in specific countries, and to discuss possibilities to improve accessibility of embassies.

Monitoring of Implementation of UNCRPD (Article 32)
The Netherlands ratified the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities in 2016. DCDD will contribute to the shadow reporting on Article 32. Moreover, DCDD will encourage and support the Dutch government to implement Article 32 in an effective way.

SDG’s and ‘Leave no one behind agenda’
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals will be an extremely important task for governments and societies in the coming years. The explicit attention for inclusion of marginalized groups –including people with disabilities- is a major step forwards (compared with the MDG’s). DCDD contributed to the discussion on the implementation of “Leave no one behind” by the Dutch government in 2016, in the publication “Ready for Change”, an initiative of Partos.

Learning and exchange
Exchange and learning is facilitated by DCDD through newsletters, inviting experts to the biannual meetings and organizing expertmeetings. If needed, we organize workshops or round tables about specific issues.

Thematic priorities

DCDD works on the following specific advocacy projects:

Inclusive humanitarian aid: People with disabilities are often left behind in crisis situations. DCDD focused on awareness raising about this issue (Dutch Parliament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and humanitarian agencies). This resulted in a request by the Minister for International Trade and Foreign Affairs to organize an expert meeting about inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid. The expert meeting delivered input for the World Humanitarian Summit (May 2016). DCDD-members and several European and Southern agencies and humanitarian NGOs supported the recommendations of DCDD. Finally, the Dutch government supported the Humanitarian Disability Charter.
DCDD will actively follow the implementation of the Charter, together with members of DCDD and IDDC, and humanitarian agencies. Interested to be involved? Contact dcdd@dcdd.nl

Economic development
470 million of the world’s working age people have some form of disability. 80-90% of persons with disabilities in low-income countries are unemployed. Economic development and employment are important priorities of the Dutch government. DCDD aims to encourage the Dutch government to invest in inclusive vocational training programmes and inclusive workplaces, amongst others through the Dutch Good Growth Fund. We also strengthen the attention for the needs of farmers with a disability in food security programmes and more inclusive value chains. Would you like to be involved, contact l.scheewe@lightfortheworld.nl

Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Both children and adults with disabilities are at much higher risk of (sexual) violence than their non-disabled peers, according to two systematic reviews recently published in the Lancet.

Given the specific situation of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in accessing information and services, specific attention and measures are required to include them in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes. That’s why DCDD advocates for inclusive SRHR-policies. See here a report with recommendations (2016).