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The ADA has several programmes that are running in many different African countries. We archieve these important programmes every year with valued assistance and partnership with organisations like  the EU, USAID, CBM and many other international organisations.

Our programmes are listed as follows:

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1. Fiscal Agent: B2015 Campaign

Fiscal Agent: B2015 Campaign

ADA was the fiscal agent for Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign (now closed) consisting of over 1,200 CSOs in 137 countries that is pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. ADA sub-granted to more than 33 countries located in all continents.


2. The Africa Alliance and Disability Rights (AADIRI) Programme

The Africa Alliance and Disability Rights (AADIRI) Programme

The Africa Alliance and Disability Rights (AADIRI) Programme is aimed at building and strengthening alliances that promote advocacy on human rights protection in Africa. The objectives of the programme are to promote the rights of persons with disabilities at regional and national level and to contribute towards the progressive realization of effective participation and enjoyment of human rights enshrined under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights drawing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for comparative best practices. This is achieved through working with partners, networks and representative bodies such as the different organs of the Africa Union (AU), Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), parliamentary associations, and political/ economic bodies that foster growth and development. The project ensures the promotion of rights of persons with disabilities at regional and national level and contributes towards the progressive realization of effective participation and enjoyment of human rights enshrined under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), among other tools.

3. Strategic Alliances for Poverty Eradication (SAPE) Programme

Strategic Alliances for Poverty Eradication (SAPE) Programme:

The programme brings together the disability sector, governments, and other non-state actors, to collaborate and contribute ideas towards the implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper / National Development Plans (PRSP/NDP). Its goal is to contribute to efforts by government ministries, Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPO’s), and other non-state actors, to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through the design and implementation of sector-wide National Disability Mainstreaming Strategies (NDMS) that outline disability mainstreaming objectives, outputs, indicators and budgets for each ministry towards the implementation of the PRSP/NDP.

4. Disability Inclusive Peace & Security (DIPS) Project

Disability Inclusive Peace & Security (DIPS) Project:

aims at improving the lives of persons with disabilities in conflict areas of Africa by mainstreaming disability issues in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict in the context of AU peace and security framework. The programme targets on five major interlinked components:

  • Making working documents of on peace and security disability friendly,
  • Sensitization,
  • Preparation of training manual along with training of trainers’ package,
  • Establishment of DIPS network
  • Implementation of a pilot DIPS project in a selected conflict area in Africa
5. Communities of Practice in Disability Advocacy for Mainstreaming (COPDAM)

Communities of Practice in Disability Advocacy for Mainstreaming (COPDAM)

Overall objective: To contribute to effective participation of Persons with Disabilities in the development process in Africa. Specific objective(s): To empower a continental / regional disability network to take a leading role in the process of (or dialogue on) mainstreaming disability & inclusive development as a cross-cutting issue in national and regional policies in African society.

The implementation of the programme will result into the following:

Result 1: is aimed at strengthening and capacitating the alliance for effective participation in political and societal dialogues on inclusion of disability in Africa. The alliance will have organisational tools (constitutions, operational manuals, systems), and skills sets that enable them to influence policy making/ implementation.

Result 2: The development of national disability mainstreaming plans for government ministries with monitoring frameworks in 5 African countries (Lesotho, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) is initiated, implemented and supported and the implementation of the continental disability plan of action of the AU is supported by December 2015.

Result 3: SADPD, DPOs, governments, political organs and CSOs with increased knowledge and have shared best practise in disability inclusion in policies, plans and programmes by December 2015.

In order to achieve the overall objective, specific objective and results of the programme, five work packages are being implemented and are summarised below:



Work Package (WP) 1 (Result 1):

Capacity for Effective Participation

Work Package (WP) 2 (Result 2):

Disability mainstreaming at Continental/Regional Level

Work Package (WP) 3 (Result 2):

Development of National  Disability Mainstreaming Plans

Work Package (WP) 4 (Result 3):

Shared Best Practise in Disability Inclusion in Policies, Plans and Programmes

Work Package (WP) 5 (All Results):

Sustainability, Monitoring and Evaluation.




The Project is implemented through the support from the European (EU) and the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM)

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The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and CBM

6. The Architecture for an African Disability Rights Mechanism (AADRM)

The Architecture for an African Disability Rights Mechanism (AADRM)

 An Alliance-based Strategy for Formulating a Disability Strategy for Africa (2011- 2019). The project is aimed at contributing towards the improvements in the quality of life of people with Disabilities in Africa through successful implementation of policies and strategies related to human rights for persons with disabilities. Such contribution will be led by the AU, governments, DPOs and CSOs in Africa through a variety of measures and interventions related to each stakeholder’s core business and roles. Activities under this programme include generation and/or utilization of knowledge and evidence on disability and human rights for the purposes of policy change, programming and awareness-raising. The programme targets promoting the implementation of the African Decade Continental Plan of Action.

The programme also focuses on ensuring that human rights instruments such as the United Nations CRPD and the AU African Charter for Human and People’s Rights, facilitate the enforcement and realisation of human rights at national, regional and continental levels in Africa. The programme outlines a consultative process that involves using the UNCRPD to formulate, consult on and finalise an African Disability Protocol (ADP). The ADA is a member of the AU Working Group of Older Persons and Persons with disabilities and has full observer status with the AU Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (CHRP). 

7. Gender Equity

Gender Equity

ADA recognises Gender equality as both a crosscutting concern and a core issue in all different programmes. Gender mainstreaming and an approach on gender are integrated at all levels of the organisation. This is in line with internationally agreed Action Plans and Declarations such as the Beijing Platform for Action, Millennium Declaration, and the Monterrey Consensus.

The goal of Gender equity programme is to ensure mainstreaming of issues of women with disabilities in policies and programmes of political and economic structures/ their agencies, governments and civil society organisations. This is in recognition of the fact that for decades, women in Africa have actively organized and advocated for equality and realization of their political, socio-economic and human rights. The outcome of this very difficult but necessary struggle is that more women are represented and actively participating in political and economic life and more women are economically and socially independent. In addition, more women are engaged in previously traditional male dominated professions and careers such as engineering, owners of business, construction, and the science and technology fields. By and large, however, women with disabilities have not been included in campaigns to promote the rights of women on the continent, and as a result their particular issues have neither been highlighted nor mainstreamed.

To achieve the above, the ADA has established the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD). The network has a vision of ensuring an inclusive African society where the rights of women with disabilities are protected, promoted and realised while staying committed, through advocacy, mainstreaming, and alliance building at all levels, to achieve equality, social / legal justice, peace, inclusive development and the elimination of all forms of discrimination for all women with disabilities.

8. Participation in Campaigns and Dialogues (PICD) Project

Participation in Campaigns and Dialogues (PICD) Project:

The PICD ensures that the overall capacity of the ADA is strengthened to enable the organisation to perform functions effectively, efficiently and sustainably in campaigns, dialogues and other development/ human rights processes. ADA played a key role in the process of advocacy for the inclusion of disability in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Contact ADA to creative ways and strategies of ensuring that persons with disabilities in Africa are not left behind.

9. Monitoring and Ensuring Implementation of Commitments Related to Disability by Governments and Development Agents in the MDGS Using the UNCRDP as a basis

Monitoring and Ensuring Implementation of Commitments Related to Disability by Governments and Development Agents in the MDGS Using the UNCRDP as a basis

This project addresses the need to advocate for mainstreaming of disability in government and development cooperation policies, programmes and humanitarian aid in Africa, ensuring successful implementation of MDGS and the UNCRPD.

10. ADA Networks of Parliamentarians

ADA Networks of Parliamentarians

Promotes good governance and democracy by deliberating and exercising oversight on the development and enforcement of laws that protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa.

11. ADA Network of Journalists

ADA Network of Journalists:

The Network is run by journalists and it promotes disability mainstreaming in the media, use of positive language and coverage of disability stories. The network promotes awareness of disability as a human rights issue.

12. Disability HIV/AIDS Program

Disability HIV/AIDS Program

The Disability and HIV/AIDS project is built on the basis that people with disabilities in Africa are at equal or greater risk of HIV infection, compared to their non-disabled peers. They have poor access to HIV & AIDS information and services, which could be due to low literacy rates among disabled women and men and difficulty to access mass media messages for those with hearing, visual or intellectual impairment.

The programme is aimed at reducing the impact of HIV and AIDS on persons with disabilities in Africa through their inclusion in the response to the pandemic and by ensuring they have access to the relevant and correct information and services needed to make informed decision about their HIV status and health.

The programme focuses on building the capacity of the African disability sector, national HIV/ AIDS councils and CSO on HIV / AIDS and disability programming. It promotes the utilisation of knowledge, evidence and data from research, studies and surveys that support the need for disability programming/ mainstreaming within HIV/AIDS programmes of development agencies, governments, national HIV/AIDS councils and CSO in Africa.

13. Promoting Inclusive Education (PIE) Programme

Promoting Inclusive Education (PIE) Programme

There is an increasing assertion by governments that if the right to education is to be realized for all children, education systems need to be designed in such a way that they are able to respond to the diverse learning needs that exist among all children. This is recognized as a call for the building of inclusive education and training systems – education systems designed to create learning environments that enable every child to develop and learn to their full potential. The emphasis on inclusive education is very important for offering a rights-based and learner-centred education which also takes into account the educational needs of every child including those with a disability.

The programme is aimed at contributing to the realisation of the right to education for children with disabilities in Africa.

This project seeks to address the following issues with initial focus in Southern Africa region and in collaboration with Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC), national government ministries of education and civil society organisations:

    1. Lack of a guiding Strategy for implementing inclusive education – although there are international, regional and national commitments of the right to education for children with disabilities, there is a lack of an accompanying framework for how this right can be implemented. Implementation in most cases has been limited to free education but for children with disabilities free education is not enough. Implementation has to address the specific needs of all learners.
    2. The dearth of data - There is inadequate, out-dated and/or unreliable data across the region which has severely restricted the provision of a clear and accurate depiction of what is happening in the area of education for learners with disabilities. The project is in the process of designing a systems and tools to collect data on numbers of children with disabilities, the various forms of disability, access to schools and on other areas. The tools will be designed in such a way that they can be adapted to specific country contexts.
    3. Inadequate teacher capacity - The lack of quality teaching and learning due to lack of an adapted and diversified curriculum; learning, teaching and support materials; inadequately prepared teachers; non-provision of assistive devices and lack of psycho-social support all adversely affect education services for learners with disabilities. This project seeks to develop a set of training packages and materials relevant to different types of learning disabilities and adaptable to different contexts. The package will support teachers to learn about the different ways to respond to different learning challenges – and opt to specialise in certain types of learning needs.




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