DCDD - Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development: Networking to make disability matter.
DCDD is a coalition of persons (individual members) and organisations (institutional members) working or interested in the field of disability and development co-operation.
DCDD aims for full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, especially of persons with disabilities in developing countries.
DCDD’s final goal is to achieve access and effective participation in society for persons with disabilities in the South on an equal basis with others. More specifically, DCDD aims to achieve involvement of persons with disabilities in policy-making and equal access of persons with disabilities in programmes of Dutch development cooperation.
Inclusive Dutch development cooperation by civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations.
Inclusive Dutch development policies by the Dutch government, based on the human rights perspective of people with disabilities.
Support the ratification by the Dutch government of the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities. And Implementation of its’ article 32 – International Cooperation.
Since 2011, 14 institutional members decided to support DCDD, including ICCO, ICDI, Karuna Foundation, Leprastichting, Leprazending, Liliane Foundation, Prisma, Royal Dutch Kentalis, Soft Tulip, Visio and Wilde Ganzen. These institutional members are part of the advisory council, who influence DCDD’s policy and strategies.
Lobby for inclusion
Since 2012, the DCDD focuses on lobbying for inclusion of persons with disabilities. September 10th, 2015 DCDD-Chair Agnes van Wijnen presented to Minister Ploumen for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation recommendations for implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that are related to international cooperation. This happened at Leave No One Behind, the symposium organized by the Liliane Foundation at the occasion of its 35th anniversary. Begin 2016, DCDD has succeeded: the Netherlands government will ratify the UN-CRPD. This decision will strengthen the realization of rights of person with disabilities in the Netherlands and in other countries worldwide. The recommendations can be found here.