Voices for Inclusion - Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development

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Published on: Feb 1, 2020

From January 27 to 29, Voices for Inclusion took place in the Hague.

Voices for Inclusion is a joint project by Liliane Fonds, Voice and the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development to foster a peer-to-peer exchange on advocacy and learning between 15 different organizations Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Nigeria, Indonesia and the Philippines, all working on the inclusion of marginalized groups. Moreover, the project aims to discover if collaboration between the organizations can lead towards more effective influencing of policies and practices.

Fifteen representatives of the participating organizations came together in the New World Campus in the Hague to attend a two day learning event during which they shared their best practices on advocacy for inclusion, identifying the need to address complex forms of social inclusion, using intersectional advocacy strategies to adequately respond to a diversity of identities. 

During the learning event SAID from Rwanda, WHER from Nigeria, EDSI from Sierra Leone, CIS Timor from Indonesia and LoveLife Philippines were awarded for the most exemplary influencing practices for inclusion. Moreover, WHER from Nigeria was granted the Voices for Inclusion Award for the most innovative project proposal on advocacy with an intersectional approach.

The event closed successfully with a one-day conference, called Pushing Boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion, bringing together over 200 professionals with diverse backgrounds to discuss and exchange knowledge, experiences and emerging insights on advocacy for inclusion.

Publications

Outcomes of the ‘Voices for Inclusion’ learning trajectory:

Building an inclusive society, Experiences from the field

Outcomes of the ‘Breaking down Barriers to inclusion’ learning trajectory:

Pushing boundaries in disability advocacy, Breaking down Barriers to inclusion, Elbers W. (editor) (2020)

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