Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development - Linking


DCDD connects Non-Governmental Organisations, knowledge institutes, individual experts and students who are passionate about inclusion. We bring together our members through workshops, knowledge sessions, network meetings, thematic focus groups and online discussions groups.

Our network

  • DCDD is a network consisting of 12 institutional members and 11 individual members that are interested in and working on inclusion of people with disabilities in Dutch development cooperation.
  • We believe that we can make a strong case for disability inclusion by linking up. DCDD set up several working groups on important lobby themes. This increases collaboration and allows brainstorming amongst members. Several members of DCDD take place in national and international lobby groups and platforms and can share new developments with other members via our online discussion groups.
  • DCDD takes places in the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind and links up with several other networks/institutes as WO=MEN, IVRPH Alliantie, Partos, COC to work on its common goal: full inclusion in society.

DCDD Working GroupsThematic linking

Inclusive Humanitarian Aid

People with disabilities are often left behind in crisis situations. DCDD focuses on awareness raising of this issue (i.e. at the Dutch Parliament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and humanitarian agencies).

Lobby on this topic has resulted in visible progress on disability inclusion. In 2016, an expert meeting was held to deliver input for the World Humanitarian Summit after which Minister Ploumen signed the Charter on Disability Inclusive Humanitarian Aid. In 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed its commitment to implement the IASC guidelines among its relief partners. And appropriately, disability inclusion is now mentioned as part of Minister Kaag’s policy note within the ‘humanitarian aid’ paragraph. We hope that disability inclusion soon will be mainstreamed and adapted in all humanitarian aid programs throughout the world.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Both children and adults with disabilities are at a much higher risk of (sexual) violence than their non-disabled peers. 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 (SRHR) programmes. That’s why DCDD advocates for inclusive SRHR-policies. See here a report with our recommendations and our publication about SRHR of people with disabilities in developing countries.

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