– Accessible lobby timeline


10/07/2021 DCDD has joined the ‘Adopt an SDG’ campaign

DCDD has joined the ‘Adopt an SDG’ campaign, where MPs can choose to adopt one or more SDGs and commit to them. In that context, Lieke Scheewe together with Oxfam Novib handed over SDG-2 in accessible format to member of parliament Jan Klink (VVD).


01/19/2021 DCDD part of We Are Able consortium led by ZOA

For the next 5 years DCDD will be part of the We Are Able consortium led by ZOA, which is one of the Power of Voices partnerships with the Ministry. More information here.


11/25/2020 DCDD’s 20th anniversary

In 2020 DCDD celebrated it’s 20th anniversary! 20 years of steps we’ve taken together in order to prioritize the rights and needs of people with disabilities in low-income countries. With welcome speech by Minister Kaag. More information here.


09/24/2020 Statement DCDD: COVID-19 hits people with disabilities the hardest

DCDD made a statement on the situation of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and what is needed for an inclusive response, which was shared with the ministry and other networks. Find the article here.


08/28/2020 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.


06/15/2020 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 people.


04/08/2020 Publication Disability Inclusive COVID-Response

When COVID-19 hit, DCDD published an overview of practical tools for a disability inclusive COVID-response. More information here.


01/14/2020 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 plans towards disability inclusive humanitarian aid. More information here.


01/01/2020 ‘Voices for Inclusion’ Conference

‘Voices for Inclusion’ Conference, in collaboration with the Liliane Foundation, Voice, and the African Studies Centre. Handover of lessons learned report to DG Kitty van der Heijden. More information here.


10/11/2019 DCDD launches: ‘An Untapped Potential’

DCDD launched the report “An Untapped Potential”. It examines the steps that various stakeholders have taken to implement UNCRPD article 32, sinc the UNCRPD was ratified by the Netherlands in 2016. More information here.


10/11/2019 Partos Innovation Festival “All Inclusive”

DCDD was present at the Partos Innovation Festival “All Inclusive”, with the Ethiopian activist Yetnebersh Nigussie from Light of the World as a keynote speaker and a workshop on target group-led advocacy by Liliane Foundation.


10/07/2019 Ministerial Conference in which Minister Kaag aimed for increased support towards ‘mental health and psychosocial support.’

Minister Kaag opened the International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). The conference was part of a humanitarian response to conflict and disaster. Precious from Cameroon hands over petition to Kaag. Click here for more information. A motion was adopted, which requested the Ministry to initiate a dialogue with humanitarian aid agencies (the Dutch Relief Alliance) on how to ensure disability inclusion.


09/12/2019 Meeting with Minister Kaag and the hand-over of our report ‘An Untapped Potential’

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

“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.


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.


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.


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.


2007 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was signed by the Netherlands

The Netherlands puts its signature under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A small stroke for a pen on paper, yet a giant leap for humankind and their equal rights. NL ratifies the UN CRPD in 2016.


10/27/2006 Initiative note: Right to a decent life for people with disabilities in development cooperation

Find more information in Dutch here.


2000 Foundation DCDD

“In the year 2000, Marlies van der Kroft, Cristin de Vries and I came together to discuss the recent developments in the disability movement in the Netherlands. The three of us agreed, there was huge untapped potential and therefore we established the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development. Disability inclusion was our core goal from the very beginning and we aimed to build capacity in the field of development. The strength of DCDD was the fact it was a coalition: we had both individual and organizational participants and we got a lot of support in the early years. We formed different working groups and new partnerships, there were constant discussions about new developments and there was a high level of commitment – a movement was born.”

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