We promote inclusive aid and trade policies, so that the rights of people with disabilities for equal access, participation and empowerment are embedded in a systematic way.

  • Our overall lobby aim is to ensure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and specifically Article 32 which applies to international cooperation.
  • We hold development actors accountable on their international commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’ on the road towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Together with our participants we set specific lobby goals and we closely cooperate with other advocacy networks, Dutch and international, to achieve them. The timeline below shows which steps towards disability inclusion have been taken since The Netherlands committed to the SDGs and ratified the UN CRPD.

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October 7

DCDD has joined the ‘Adopt an SDG’ campaign

From left to right: Lieke Scheewe, Jan Klink (VVD) and someone from Oxfam Novib. Jan Klink holds SDG 2.
DCDD has joined the ‘Adopt an SDG’ campaign, where MPs can choose to adopt one or more SDGs and commit…
January 19

DCDD part of We Are Able consortium led by ZOA

African woman carrying a large metal pot on her head
For the next 5 years DCDD will be part of the We Are Able consortium led by ZOA, which is…
November 25

DCDD’s 20th anniversary!

Lineup of speakers for DCDD's 20 year anniversary
In 2020 DCDD celebrated it’s 20th anniversary! 20 years of steps we’ve taken together in order to prioritise the rights…
September 24

Statement DCDD: COVID-19 hits people with disabilities the hardest

man in wheelchair tries to wash his hands at a high sink
DCDD made a statement on the situation of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and what is needed for…
August 28

Minister Kaag sends letter to Parliament with overview of projects supporting disability inclusion

Minister Sigrid Kaag
Minister Kaag (Aid & Trade) sends a letter to Parliament with an overview of projects which support rights and inclusion…
June 15

Motion adopted on how COVID-aid reaches most vulnerable people

A motion was adopted, which called for clear information on how the Ministry ensures that COVID-aid reaches the most vulnerable…
April 8

Publication Disability Inclusive COVID-Response

Man showing others how to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit, DCDD published an overview of practical tools for a disability inclusive COVID-response. More information: here.
January 14

Workshop with Dutch Relief Alliance & Ministry of Aid & Trade

Workshop with the Dutch Relief Alliance and the Ministry of Aid & Trade on the new IASC guidelines and action…
January 1

‘Voices for Inclusion’ Conference

Woman speaking to audience
‘Voices for Inclusion’ Conference, in collaboration with the Liliane Foundation, Voice, and the African Studies Centre. Handover of lessons learned…
October 11

DCDD launches: ‘An Untapped Potential’

Broadly smiling man with spinning wheel and crutches
DCDD launched the report “An Untapped Potential”. It examines the steps that various stakeholders have taken to implement UNCRPD article…