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Bridging the Gap holds several activities to mainstream disability inclusion in Ethiopia

Man with crutches speaking to the training's attendants

Bridging the Gap continues strengthening disability inclusion among the Ethiopian society throughout country activities such as the Disability Awareness and Inclusive Development Training held on 15 and 16 October in Dangla, Amhara region, and addressed to the regional government’s bureau focal points.

Amhara region also hosted a Disability Equality Training to mainstream disability inclusion within the daily work of Government bureau staff from East and West Bellessa. This activity took place on 6 and 7 August in the city of Bahir Dar.

Another significant activity was the Awareness Creation Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Disability held on 21 September in Adama, Oromia Region. The workshop was attended by the organisations of persons with disabilities of the region and it was organised in collaboration with the Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD).

The project team also visited Kebri Dahar, in Somali Region, on 21 September, to follow up the disability mainstreaming of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project activities funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), implementing partner of Bridging the Gap in Ethiopia.

Likewise, the project organised a grant orientation workshop on 8 October in Addis Ababa for the Program and Finance staff of Light for the World, FENAPD, and Cheshire Ethiopia to familiarize them with the implementation and report for disability grants funded by ADA.

Additionally, the project team participated in a Key Stakeholder Consultation on the next World Food Programme’s Strategic Plan, celebrated on 3 October in Addis Ababa, to flag the importance of disability inclusion, and in the opening and the sessions on CRPD and SDGs of the 7th Africa Forum on Visual Impairment held from 7 to 11 October in the capital.