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 work areas

Migration & refugees with disabilities

EDF calls on the European Union (EU) and its Members States to respond to the migration crisis with human rights based approach that puts people’s lives first. 

15th Conference of State Parties to the UN CRPD

The 15th session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN CRPD (COSP15) will take place from 14-16 June 2022. EDF will be present at the Conference taking part in different side events. 

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 Project

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

| Humanitarian Action, International cooperation
Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies

Statement from European Disability Forum (EDF) during meeting of Joint Committee on Disability Matters, Houses of the Oireachtas,...

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| International cooperation
Quality label for volunteering activities under the European Solidarity Corps Programme

Article written the European Solidarity Corps   Are you an organisation willing to host and/or send volunteers in the...

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| International cooperation
Positive participation of European leaders in first European Regional Disability Summit on international cooperation

For the first time, European leaders came together for the high level European Regional Disability Summit on international...

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| International cooperation
Get your government to commit ahead of the Global Disability Summit 2022

Global Disability Summit and political commitments The second Global Disability Summit will take place virtually on 15 -...

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| Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), International cooperation
EDF welcomes regional roadmap to resilience

The disaster risk reduction (DRR) plan for Europe and Central Asia leading to 2030 comprehensively commits to disability...

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