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Our Achievements

The ADA has matured into an essential technical resource for continental/ regional political/economic/social bodies and structures. A well-established organisation has emerged from the difficult formative phases with a clear vision and mission.  The organisation has managed to turn around its own operations and its ability to influence development and implementation of policies in Africa in a manner that has reduced fragmentation in the disability policy formulation, strategy development and programming processes.

ADA has successfully used international diplomacy / relations to solve complex problems faced by persons with disabilities. This approach has been welcomed as an effective strategy to cause commitment to provide resources and implementation of policies and strategies in a manner that benefits persons with disabilities. The organisation has implemented a broad range of demand-led programmes and projects that have placed disability at the centre of planning, implementation and evaluation strategies at both national and Africa continental level. This includes adding value to policy formulation and implementation processes within the African Union (AU) system, Regional Economic Committee (RECs) and African governments.

The ADA:

  1. Works as an interlocking agency that provides policy-level expertise and examples of good practice to support disability policy formulation, programming and implementation processes.
  2. Catalyses the disability programming process by developing tools to achieve objectives of policy and legislation related to disability.
  3. Brings together different governments, political structures, networks and organisations thus building consensus and cohesion on complex decision-making processes.
  4. Is a reservoir of information and best practices related to all aspects of disability work (including research/ gathering of evidence, formulation of sectoral disability objectives/ output/ indicators, and strengthening of advocacy/ lobbying ability of DPOs and other civil society organisations).
  5. ADA is presently the Fiscal Agent of the global Beyond 2015 Campaign (B2015). Beyond 2015 and ADA are partners in “… a global civil society campaign, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals”. The role of ADA as fiscal agent is to undertake the financial management of Beyond 2015 (contracting with donors, sub contracts, sub grants, employing certain members of the International Secretariat, contracting with partners and consultants as relevant, ensuring the audit) and communication in a neutral way.

The process of developing and mobilising champion States through the ambassadorial country status award initiative has achieved tremendous success in placing disability in the forefront of development in Africa. This innovative strategy has received international acclaim and placed disability at regional/ continental sessions of crucial ministerial delegations, political bodies, experts’ working groups and development partners actively working in Africa. 


The programming processes in continental/ political structures and within countries provide evidence of growing awareness about the need for persons with disabilities to provide not only political/ activist-type leadership, but also technical support/expertise. Thus the ADA strategy of pushing policies to practice (i.e. implementation of provisions of policies, legislation, conventions) is starting to bear fruits. The alliance building strategy was a major contributor to ADA’s role as a user-led, demand-driven technical agency that placed disability at the centre on planning and resource allocations at regional and continental levels.

Disability has also been placed on the agenda of a number of regional initiatives, including:

    1. Contribution to the Continental Plan of Action for the extended African Decade of Persons with disabilities adopted by the AU Heads of States
    2. On-going work on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa
    3. Disability Inclusive Peace and Security (DIPS)
    4. Advocacy for an inclusive post 2015 development framework
    5. Social protection framework and strategies
    6. Inclusive Education at the level of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
    7. Providing leadership in African research Consortia including the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD)
    8. Inter-sectoral disability mainstreaming strategies
    9. Influencing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
    10. Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd)
    11. Developing Regional Champion Countries


  1. African Network of Youth with Disabilities
  2. Pan African Alliance for People with albinism
  3. Down syndrome Africa
  4. Inclusion Africa
  5. Pan African Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
  6. Pan African Federation of the Disabled (PAFOD)
  7. Network of African Women With Disabilities (NAWWD)
  8. African Federation of the Deaf Blind (AFDB)
  9. African Deaf Union
  10. African Union of the Blind (AFUB)
  11. Epilepsy Association of Zambia/IBE Africa Region
  12. African Organisation of People of XLeprosy
  13. Federation of African Associations of Persons with Short Stature


Mr Kudakwashe Dube
Chief Executive Officer


Thomas-Ongolo   Edward-Veremu   Aida-Sarr   Ms-Ariam-Gebremariam   Ian-Mashingaidze
Mr. Thomas Ongolo
Director – International Relations and Programmes
   Mr. Edward Tendayi Veremu
Finance & Administration Director
  Madam Aïda Sarr
West, Central and North Africa Regional Director
  Ms. Ariam Gebremariam
East Africa Regional Director
   Ian Mashingaidze
Beyond 2015 Project Director
    Mr-Bhekie-Jele   Ms-Charity-Nshimbi   Ms-Palesa-Mphohle    
     Mr Bhekie Jele
Executive Support and Knowledge Manager
   Ms. Charity Nshimbi
Programme Manager, International Relations and Programming
   Ms. Palesa Mphohle
Programmes Manager, International Relations & Programming
Ms-Sharon-Mpofu   Mr-Tatenda-Mavasa   Ms-Kamona-Njolomba   Ms-Violet-Matlala
 Ms. Sharon Mpofu
Administration Officer
   Mr Tatenda Mavasa
Project Accountant
   Ms Kamona Njolomba
Beyond 2015 Finance and 
   Ms Violet Matlala
Office Assistant

Mr Kudakwashe Dube: Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Thomas Ongolo: Director – International Relations and Programmes

Mr. Edward Tendayi Veremu: Finance & Administration Director

Madam Aïda Sarr: West, Central and North Africa Regional Director

Ms. Ariam Gebremariam: East Africa Regional Director

Ian Mashingaidze: Beyond 2015 Project Director

Mr Bhekie Jele: Executive Support and Knowledge Manager

Ms. Charity Nshimbi: Programme Manager, International Relations and Programming

Ms. Palesa Mphohle: Programmes Manager, International Relations & Programming

Ms. Sharon Mpofu: Administration Officer

Mr Tatenda Mavasa: Project Accountant

Ms Kamona Njolomba: Beyond 2015 Finance and Administration Officer

Board Members

Ms Roseweter Mudarikwa


Euphrasia Mbewe
Vice Chairperson


 Mr Jabulane John Dikgale
Company Secretary


Mr. Jace Nair


Mr. Dagnachew Bogale Wakene


Ms Nomasonto Grace Mazibuko









Ms Serozia Hosaneea


Mrs. Rachel Kachaje


Ms Anne-Marie Robb


Mr. Sansan Dah


Mr Anthony Zimba


Mr Goulou Moussa TRAORE

Ms. Kadidiatou Barry



Mr Kudakwashe Dube
Chief Executive Officer


Ms Roseweter Mudarikwa: Chairperson

Euphrasia Mbewe: Vice Chairperson

Mr Jabulane John Dikgale: Company Secretary

Mr. Jace Nair: Treasurer

Mr. Dagnachew Bogale Wakene: Member

Ms Nomasonto Grace Mazibuko: Member

Ms Serozia Hosaneea: Member

Mrs. Rachel Kachaje: Member

Ms Anne-Marie Robb: Member

Mr. Sansan Dah: Member

Mr Anthony Zimba: Member

Mr Goulou Moussa TRAORE: Member

Ms. Kadidiatou Barry: Member

Mr Kudakwashe Dube: Chief Executive Officer

Funding Partners

     cbm                                beyond2015                                             gizlogo

  Logos                  sida                                                       Osisa
 Logos2                  RSA                                   USAIAD


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