The ‘We Are Able!’ consortium is our new partnership for disability-inclusive food security. The consortium is led by ZOA and brings together a wide variety of stakeholders, including people with disabilities in Africa (African Disability Forum) and the Netherlands (Ieder(in)), the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International), The Hague Academy and two of DCDD’s network participants: The Leprosy Mission and SeeYou Foundation. The consortium is active in areas where people face severe forms of food insecurity due to protracted crisis: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. DCDD will use its expertise in lobbying and advocacy to raise awareness of issues of exclusion – as experienced by partners in the South – among Dutch and international stakeholders in the food security field. In the coming five years, we will establish linkages with other (food security) consortiums and facilitate learning and exchange on good practices of disability inclusion. Together We Are Able to achieve food security for all!
The Voices for Inclusion project provides a platform for marginalised groups to come together to exchange, learn and work together towards a more effective and inclusive advocacy. The peer-to-peer learning process takes place in two-phases, which hopefully results in a deep linking and learning process that helps the participating organisations to (self) identify best practices, encourage innovations, provide spaces for mutual learning, and strengthen the advocacy capacities of organisations representing the Voice target groups.
This is the first time that DCDD will be awarding ‘small grants’ to its participants. Why do we do this? Because we believe in the power of sharing. Sharing knowledge and expertise, sharing capacity, sharing practical tools and lessons learned. Because together we can make a stronger case for disability inclusion than when each of us goes at it alone. That’s what DCDD is all about. That’s why we value your participation in our network. That’s why we wish to add value to your initiatives for disability inclusion!