Together for Inclusion (TOFI) is ready for action

03 Feb 2020
A consortium consisting of 15 Norwegian organizations heads a novel initiative towards inclusive development

In this innovative consortium, Together for Inclusion, Norwegian Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs) join forces with some of Norway’s largest and most reputable NGOs to deliver a ground-breaking programme from 2019 – 2023. Combining the reach and development expertise of the large NGOs with a rights-based approach and the specific knowledge of the DPOs, the programme puts persons with disabilities in the driver’s seat and aims to reach the most marginalized with high-quality organisational capacity building, disability rights advocacy, inclusive education and economic empowerment projects in five target countries. The allocation is appr. USD 45 million, and is seen as a first step on the road to a more inclusive effort from Norway’s side.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, persons with disabilities face basic human rights violations such as stigma, social exclusion, and lack of access to quality education and employment. For the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the rights of persons with disabilities, as explained in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), must be achieved.

A sustained paradigm shift

Through this partnership model, the consortium aims to deliver quality programming and a sustained paradigm shift in the inclusion of persons with disabilities, working towards achieving several Sustainable Development Goals, mainly goals number 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

At the core of the consortium is a strong commitment to meaningful inclusion of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities of all ages. Our programme is rooted in the lived experience of persons with disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa and we take a strong participatory approach to the design and implementation of the programme. Our focus is to build on those experiences to generate innovation, learning and radical new approaches to influence policy and inform inclusive development practice in the target countries and beyond.

Focus on Africa

In Mozambique, the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP) takes the lead role together with ACAMO, their local partner, working with Save the Children, Friends of the Earth Norway, and the Norwegian Federation of DPOs (FFO) to deliver programming in human rights advocacy, inclusive education, and economic empowerment.

In Niger, ADRA (as country lead), Plan, the Stromme Foundation, FFO and the Niger Federation of Persons with Disabilities will collaborate on innovative programming in human rights advocacy and inclusive education. For example, Stromme’s “Speed Schools” model will be adapted and targeted to children and youth with disabilities to quickly get them on track with their peers, and FFO will for the first time work with a sister organisation in West Africa.

For the first time, a Norwegian DPO (The Norwegian Association of Disabled, NAD) will work in Somalia, joining forces with ADRA on inclusive education and with Save the Children on human rights advocacy, working to strengthen local DPOs. In Somalia, Save the Children is taking the lead.

In South Sudan, several Norwegian NGOs (ADRA, Y Global, Norwegian Church Aid, the Stromme Foundation) led by ADRA and with the support and guidance of FFO, will work to implement inclusive programming in all three thematic areas.

The country with the largest country group is Uganda, where NAD will lead a diverse group of organisations: Save the Children, the Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NFU), The Signo Foundation, The Stromme Foundation, and the Norwegian Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (RHF) are joining forces to develop quality projects in human rights advocacy, inclusive education, and economic empowerment, with the local DPO umbrella organisation, NUDIPU, as a central actor.

Monitoring and evaluation

The programme has a substantial component dedicated to monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) to gather evidence on what works in disability-inclusive development, to ensure that our interventions are guided by this evidence, and to contribute to the international efforts of acquiring solid disaggregated data on disability.

 

Participating Norwegian organisations:

The Atlas Alliance (consortium lead)

The Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD)

Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO)

The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (NABP)

The Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NFU)

The Norwegian Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (RHF)

The Signo Foundation

ADRA Norway (Adventist Development and Relief Agency Norway)

Plan International Norway

Y Global

Friends of the Earth Norway

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

Save the Children

The Stromme Foundation

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