International Cooperation

EDF is made of an energetic team working on international cooperation and humanitarian action.

We believe that EDF has an active role to play to ensure persons with disabilities and organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) are included in EU international cooperation.

To achieve it, we collaborate with a range of partners on various projects, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities around the world.

EDF in the world

We collaborate with a range of partners on various projects, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities around the world. Our team works actively to pursue the following achievements: 

  • Influence the European Union
    We want the EU to become a global leader in disability-inclusive development!
  • Strengthen regional level advocacy among regional DPOs
    We believe in working closely with our sister regional DPOs to learn from each other, build our organisational capacity, and influence together policies at the regional level.
  • Advocate for evidence
    We work actively towards documenting best practices, advocating for data disaggregation, and monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). There are some of the key elements to inform truly inclusive international cooperation policies and programmes.
  • Promote the engagement of DPOs in international cooperation
    We advocate for persons with disabilities and European organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to actively be engaged in international cooperation – not just as beneficiaries but also as experts.
  • Innovate and learn
    We champion innovation by supporting creativity, ideas, and challenges to engage in non-traditional international advocacy activities for EDF.

What kind of role do European DPOs have in international cooperation?

Our achievements

International Cooperation Projects

Guidance Document: the Role of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities in International Cooperation

Our objective is that persons with disabilities and European DPOs are actively engaged in international cooperation – not just as beneficiaries but also as experts.

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Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)

Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) aims to address key challenges persons with disabilities experience in accessing economic opportunities and waged employment in low and middle-income countries.

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VIVID:T (Technical Assistance in Humanitarian Response, Ensuring Valuable International Volunteering and Inclusion of persons with Disabilities)

In a nutshell, VIVID:T project’s main aim is to create a global community of practice working towards disability inclusion in humanitarian action and volunteering.

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Mapping disability inclusiveness of European member states’ development and humanitarian aid

As part of EDF’s international cooperation strategy, EDF would like to assess the extent to which European Member States’ development aid official development aid is inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities.

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WHO Europe - Inclusive and accessible public health messages about COVID-19

About the project The purpose of the project was to make key WHO public health messages more accessible...

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Our latest news

| Climate Action, International cooperation
The European Development Days (EDD) 2021 have left persons with disabilities behind

On 15 and 16 June 20 21, European Disability Forum participated in the European Development Days (EDD) 2021....

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| International cooperation
External evaluation of our work in international cooperation: influence on the EU has largely increased

We, the European Disability Forum (EDF), have an active role to play to ensure persons with disabilities and...

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| International cooperation
We are looking for a consultant on deinstitutionalisation in EU global actions

Open consultancy position on deinstitutionalisation in EU global actions The European Disability Forum (EDF) is a non-governmental European...

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| EU Budget, International cooperation
Success! Persons with disabilities are included in the EU's new external action budget 2021-2027

The European Disability Forum (EDF) welcomes the final adoption of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) –...

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| International cooperation, Women and girls
Feminists with disabilities cannot take the floor at the Generation Equality Forum

We, the European Disability Forum, the International Disability Alliance, and Women Enabled International are organising a side event...

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