No one left behind! Atlas Alliance progress report 2017
Leaving no one behind is the basic principle of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acknowledges the importance of including persons with disabilities inn all areas of development.
Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) play a crucial role in order to ensure both a societal structural change for persons with disabilities and for changing public viewpoints.
We partner with 40 DPOs in addition to other relevant stakeholders in 15 countries. Our partners have a total base of 125 000 members and are important and legitimate voices for the advocacy work. We are proud of the many accomplishments of our Norwegian organisations and their partners although the challenges are still numerous in most of the areas.
Some results in 2017:
- More than 5500 learners started their education as a direct consequence of our projects. Further, almost 500 teachers received trainings and improved their skills and attitudes towards teaching children with disabilities;
- More than 20 000 persons have benefitted from health service provided by our partners, and another 7000 from referrals done by our partners, including provision of eye surgery, surgical interventions of persons with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, guidance of diabetes care etc. Assistive devices, such as wheelchairs and white canes have been provided to ensure participation, education and income;
- 2899 persons with disabilities completed vocational training in 2017. 5373 persons with disabilities took part in savings and loans groups in 2017.
- Nepal: In 2017, Nepalese legislative parliament passed the Disability Rights Act emphasizing that it is now illegal to discriminate based on disability. In the same year, the National Federation of the Disabled – Nepal (NFDN) launched a nationwide advocacy campaign that mobilized most of the member DPOs, district chapters and regional offices, and targeted all government levels by sending groups of five to six disabled persons to most government offices throughout the country. Since then, the attention of locally elected bodies towards disability issues has increased. Newly elected bodies and local DPOs have started to work together, and they have allocated budgets to work on disability related issues.