In the current situation of the global health crisis due to COVID-19, from Bridging the Gap we would like to emphasize the higher risk faced by persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses, especially in low and middle-income countries.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, Bridging the Gap team in Sudan participated in the celebrations organized by the organizations Mazaya, Shamaa and Amna the days 7th and 8th of March in Khartoum.
Mainstreaming disability in international cooperation is one of the three core areas of work of Bridging the Gap. In between the end of 2019 and the first trimester of 2020, Bridging the Gap has accelerated and enhanced its efforts, looking ahead to the final year of project implementation.
On the 27th February, Burkina Faso's draft of the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, supported by Bridging the Gap Project, was technically validated at an event held in Ouagadougou and attended by experts from 14 ministries, representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, international NGOs and the Bridging the Gap coordinator in the country.
Bridging the Gap II launches a tender for the realisation of a research study to assess the contribution to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities in development cooperation instruments since 2014 and to analyse the actual contribution to disability mainstreaming of projects and programmes carried out by their partners agencies.
In November 2019, the webinar-based training cycle developed and hosted by the EU-funded initiative Bridging the Gap has been concluded. We hope the cycle has been useful and you improved your knowledge on disability-inclusive development.
On 17 December 2019, Bridging the Gap held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) the activity “The essence and philosophy of disability and women movements” to contribute to the empowerment of women with disabilities and make Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) gender-sensitive.
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), implementing partner of the project in Paraguay, organised from 10 to 12 December in Asuncion the event "Human Rights and Psychosocial Disability".
On December 5th Bridging the Gap held in Brussels the second edition of the Stakeholder Conference on disability mainstreaming in development cooperation “The European way forward” to strengthen the project development practitioner’s partners in defining a stronger and more effective approach to disability mainstreaming.
Within the framework of Bridging the Gap project, the Minister of Education of Ecuador, Monserrat Creamer, and Liliana Pelaia on behalf the representative of the National Federations of and for Disability signed an agreement on 26 November to support the improvement of coverage and quality of public services for inclusive education in Ecuador.