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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November 26

Parliament calls for disability inclusive humanitarian aid

Dutch Parliament, "Tweede kamer"
The motion came from Van Laar (PvdA) and Voordewind (CU). Read the article (in Dutch) by clicking here.
September 28

Aid & Trade Minister Ploumen commits to the SDG principle of ‘leave no one behind’ in a 20-points action plan

The Global goals for sustainable development text and a round circle with different colors representing the goals
‘The 20- point action plan‘ document is in Dutch.
July 1

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

Logo of Voice, text include. innovate. influence.
In English: “Voice, the Accountability Fund and the participation of civil society organisations in theme-based calls for proposals” In Dutch:…
January 1

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…
October 27

Initiative note: Right to a decent life for people with disabilities in development cooperation

Find more information on the initiative in Dutch.
January 1

Foundation DCDD

“In the year 2000, Marlies van der Kroft, Cristin de Vries and I came together to discuss the recent developments…