DCDD was founded in 2000 to combine the forces of individuals and development organisation to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in developing countries.
Huib Cornielje, co-founder of DCDD
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, that there was huge potential and therefore, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development was established in the year 2000. Disability was in the core of the action from the very beginning and the aim was to build capacity in the field of development. The strength of DCDD was the fact it was a membership coalition: we had individual as well as organizational members 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 a high level of commitment – it was a movement.