Bridging the Gap II – Inclusive Policies and Services for Equal Rights of persons with Disabilities

Bridging the Gap II – Inclusive Policies and Services for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (BtG-II) is a 4-year project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by a consortium of six partners. It seeks to build strong international support to drive the disability inclusion agenda forward and support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the **Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project aims to contribute to the socio-economic inclusion, equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities in low and middle-income countries through accountable institutions and policies. The initiative supports the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and the attainment of the SDGs in five partner countries (Ecuador, Paraguay, Burkina Faso, Sudan and Ethiopia) through the capacity development and empowerment of government institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs).

In addition, the project seeks to push forward a disability inclusive development agenda through awareness raising, knowledge and capacity enhancement of development partners and of the civil society, in the spirit of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. Other issues such as human rights, universal accessibility, gender and social sustainable development are also targeted by the project.

Who is involved in this initiative?

It is led by the Spanish International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP). The partnership is composed by three EU Member States’ development agencies: Austria (ADA), Italy (IADC) and Spain (AECID), as well as the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and the European Disability Forum The project is carried out in five partner countries in South America and Africa: Ecuador, Paraguay, Burkina Faso, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Why is it important?

At country level, the action seeks to strengthen the capacities of governments, national human rights institutions and organisations of persons with disabilities to develop, implement and monitor disability-inclusive sector policies and services in a participatory manner. It will contribute to the implementation of the CRPD and the SDGs in Europe, Africa and South America.

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