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

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

This initiative supports the implementation of the UN CRPD and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through capacity building and empowerment of government institutions, NGOs, and DPOs.

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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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Promoting Disability Inclusive International Cooperation

EDF is leading a project, titled “Promoting disability-inclusive international cooperation: Ensuring that EU policies and funding contribute to the strengthening of the disability movement and the promotion of the CRPD worldwide”.

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