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Bridging the Gap, the ILO/UNICEF/UNPRPD Inclusive Social Protection Programme, IDA, and ADF call for action on equal access to social protection programs in Africa April 8, 2021

The European project Bridging the Gap, the ILO/UNICEF/UNPRPD Inclusive Social Protection Project, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the African Disability Forum (ADF) held on March 30-31 the Policy Dialogue Conference “Social protection in Africa: a new path towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities” to trigger and reinforce the policy dialogue on inclusive social protection in Africa based on interesting practices across the continent. 

Job Opportunity: Bridging the Gap coordinator in Burkina Faso  March 22, 2021

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Bridging the Gap consortium partner, is looking for a coordinator of Bridging the Gap project in Burkina Faso for a six-month period starting in April 2021 (replacement position). 

Tender opportunity: Technical Assistance for the virtual undertaking of the final capitalisation study of Bridging the Gap March 8, 2021

Bridging the Gap II launches a tender for the virtual undertaking of the final capitalisation study of Bridging the Gap to collect, organise, classifying and analysing the experience of the project in order to maximise both the impact and sustainability of the project over time, as well as the appropriation of its products and results by the main target groups and final beneficiaries.

Natalia Guala speaking at the Spanish cooperation session held in the framework of GLAD meeting 2021
Spain shares its commitment to disability-inclusive development at GLAD meeting 2021 March 2, 2021

On the occasion of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Annual General Meeting 2021, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP) and the ONCE Social Group (ONCE) held a pre-meeting session on 26 February to briefly review their contribution to inclusive development so far, as well as to outline coordinated plans and strategies for the future.

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A course on methodologies and educational planning for teachers with visual impairment starts in Ecuador February 25, 2021

The online course "Methodologies and educational planning for teachers with visual impairment", organised by the National Federation of the Blind of Ecuador (FENCE) and the Undersecretariat of Specialised and Inclusive Education of the Ministry of Education of Ecuador in the framework of Bridging the Gap project, was launched on Wednesday 17 February.

Fernando Rey Yébenes, AECID General Coordinator in Paraguay, during his intervention at the presentation of the inclusive education materials.
Paraguay’s Ministry of Education receives materials produced by Bridging the Gap to advance inclusive education February 10, 2021

The General Coordinator of AECID in Paraguay, Fernando Rey, presented to the authorities of the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) the materials developed within the framework of Bridging the Gap to mainstream inclusive education in the country at an event held on 9 February at the Centre for Production and Support for Inclusion (CEPAI) in Asunción (Paraguay) and organised by the Ministry's General Directorate of Inclusive Education.

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The ‘Leadership Skills Program for Women with Disabilities’ holds its fourth and fifth sessions in Ethiopia January 29, 2021

On 27 and 28 January 2021, Bridging the Gap held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) the fourth and fifth sessions of the Leadership Skills Program for Women with Disabilities, which aims to contribute to the empowerment of women with disabilities and to make the Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) gender-sensitive.

Participants in the meeting standing up and wearing masks. The coordinator of Bridging the Gap in Burkina Faso, Dolores Mattossovich, is among them.
Burkina Faso’s National Strategy and Action Plan for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ready for final approval January 11, 2021

On 29 December 2020, the National Conference for the Validation of the 2021 - 2025 National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SN - 3PH) and its Action Plan for 2021 - 2023 was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The event was organised by the National Multisectoral Council for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COMUD/H) in the context of its 2020 Annual Session.

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Big celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ethiopia January 4, 2021

Ethiopia celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities from 25 to 27 December 2020 in the city of Bahir Dar at an event organised by the Federation of Ethiopian Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FEAPD), the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Amhara Regional Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BOLSA) with the support of Bridging the Gap. At the event, Bridging the Gap received two distinctions from the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs of the Amhara Region, one for its work in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the region and another for contributing to the organization of this celebration.

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World Food Programme staff in Ethiopia trained to mainstream disability in their activities December 21, 2020

From 14-18 December, Bridging the Gap team in Ethiopia conducted a four-day Training of Facilitators (ToF) on disability mainstreaming for World Food Programme staff in Ethiopia to increase its capacity to deliver cascade Disability Equality Training (DET) in all WFP's areas.