Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development - Accessible lobby timeline


07/02/2019 Aid & Trade Minister Kaag sends a letter to Parliament with an overview of projects which support rights and inclusion of people with disabilities

Read the full document in Dutch by clicking here.


07/24/2018 Ambassador for ‘SRHR and HIV/aids’ Lambert Grijns opens the Disability Networking Zone, hosted by DCDD and IDDC, during the AIDS 2018 conference

06/28/2018 Parliament calls for development of disability inclusion criteria and indicators across all aid & trade policies

The motion came from Kuik (CDA), Bouali (D66) and Voordewind (CU). Read the document in Dutch by clicking here.


05/18/2018 Minister Kaag commits to disability inclusion in the area of humanitarian aid, and to ‘leave no one behind’ in general, in the policy note on Dutch development aid & trade (2018-2021)

“The policy document ‘Investing in global prospects’ of Minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) shows how the government is responding to international challenges and opportunities in the interests of the Netherlands.” Read the ‘Investing in global prospects’ document by clicking here.


11/23/2017 UN special rapporteur Catalina Devandas visits The Netherlands and talks with the Ministry of Aid & Trade and the national human rights institute about her research on inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

During the visit, Catalina Devandas speaks at DCDD’s expert meeting and receives the publication we developed with ShareNet. Read our article about the visit by clicking here.


06/15/2017 Parliament calls for improvement of monitoring to measure the effects of aid policies on marginalized groups, including people with disabilities

The motion came from Isabelle Diks (GL). Read more in Dutch by clicking here.


03/03/2017 Minister Ploumen sends a letter to Parliament on disability inclusion in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and commits to increase efforts to ensure inclusion

Read the letter in Dutch by clicking here.


01/31/2017 Minister Ploumen (Aid & Trade) commits to make disability inclusion an obligation for humanitarian aid partners and provide them with guidelines within one year

Ploumen also commits to monitor on disability inclusion within the United Nations ‘Education Cannot Wait’ Fund. Read more in Dutch by clicking here.


01/19/2017 Parliament hosts ‘special procedure’ on disability inclusion in sexual and reproductive health rights, DCDD members share their knowledge and experience

11/24/2016 Ambassador for ‘SRHR and HIV/aids’ Lambert Grijns receives a report with recommendations on disability inclusion in sexual and reproductive health and rights from DCDD

DCDD met the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lambert Grijns in November 2016. Although there is attention for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Dutch SRHR policies, challenges at implementation level are paramount. 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 SRHR. That’s why DCDD wrote a report with recommendations for the Ministry. It was handed over to Lambert Grijns, with representatives of DCDD, Light for the World Netherlands and Ethiopia, NLR Indonesia and MCNV.


10/11/2016 Ambassador for human rights Kees van Baar receives recommendations on disability inclusion in human rights policies and dialogue from DCDD

In October 2016, DCDD met the Human Rights Ambassador, Kees van Baar. Yetnebersch Nigussie, disability rights advocate in Ethiopia was present, together with representatives of DCDD and Light for the World. One of the outcomes was that disability will be included in the human rights training of the Ministry. Read the Recommendations on disability rights and inclusion by clicking here.


07/14/2016 DCDD in New York with Minister Koenders during the 9th Conference of States Parties to the UN CRPD, where The Netherlands ratifies the convention

From 14-16 June 2016, the 9th Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the CRPD was organized in New York. Bert Koenders (Minister of Foreign Affairs) gave a statement on behalf of the Dutch government. A special moment, since the Dutch parliament recently ratified the Convention. Read the full article by clicking here.


04/12/2016 Government votes in favor of ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

“8 reasons to know the UNCRPD” article written by Dicky Nieuwenhuis, available in Dutch here.


05/24/2016 Government signs the Humanitarian Disability Charter at the World Humanitarian Summit

“Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action has been developed in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit (23 and 24 May 2016, Istanbul) by over 70 stakeholders from States, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organisations of persons with disabilities.” Read the full charter by clicking here.


03/16/2016 Expert meeting on steps needed to ensure disability inclusion in humanitarian aid

The expert meeting was organized by the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD) and the Liliane Foundation, in cooperation with Light for the Word, the Karuna Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Preparing the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on 23-24 May, 2016, the meeting had a threefold aim: (1) to discuss the importance of disability inclusion in all aspects of Disaster Risk Management, (2) to agree on relevant messages for multilateral donors at the WHS, and (3) to share examples on how disability inclusion can be reached in practice. Read the full article by clicking here.


01/26/2016 Aid & Trade Minister Ploumen receives DCDD’s recommendations for disability inclusion and ‘leave no one behind’

01/14/2016 Parliament calls for disability mainstreaming in foreign aid, trade and human rights policies and dialogue

The motion came from Dik-Faber (CU) and Van der Staaij (SGP). Read more in Dutch by clicking here.


11/26/2015 Parliament calls for disability-inclusive humanitarian aid

The motion came from Van Laar (PvdA) and Voordewind (CU). Read the article (in Dutch) by clicking here.


09/28/2015 Aid & Trade Minister Ploumen commits to the SDG principle of ‘leave no one behind’ in a 20-point action plan

Read the article in Dutch by clicking here.


07/01/2015 Aid & Trade Minister Ploumen establishes Voice Fund (2016-2020), which supports advocacy projects of marginalized groups, including people with disabilities

Read the article “Voice, the Accountability Fund and the participation of civil society organisations in theme-based calls for proposals” by clicking here.

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