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

Our network

  • DCDD is a network consisting of 13 institutional and 18 individual participants who are interested in and working on the inclusion of people with disabilities in Dutch development cooperation.
  • We believe that, by teaming up, we can make a stronger case for disability inclusion. DCDD has set up several workgroups on important lobby themes to allow brainstorming amongst our participants and increase collaboration. Several of DCDD’s participants take part in national and international lobby groups and platforms and share new developments with other participants through our online discussion groups.
  • DCDD takes part in the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind and is connected to several other networks and institutes, such as WO=MEN, IVRPH Alliantie, Partos and COC to work on the shared goal of full inclusion in society.

DCDD Working Groups

Thematic 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. Read our publication about SRHR of people with disabilities in developing countries (pdf).