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.
- EDF-IDDC Analysis on European Disability Rights Strategy External Action (Jun 2021)
- External evaluation of our work in international cooperation (May 2021)
- EDF position paper EU global role in COVID 19 response and impact on lives of persons with disabilities (April 2021)
- Information on the DAC Policy Marker on Disability – May 2020
- “Impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people with disabilities” – Insight and stories from Bangladesh and Kenya (October 2020)
- Guidance document on the role of European DPOs in International Cooperation (December 2019)
- International Cooperation Strategy
- Rising voices- Mainstreaming women with disabilities in India-EU international cooperation (October 2020)
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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...Read more
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