Disability and development: How to include persons with disabilities in development cooperation.
In 2013 the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) approved an Action Plan for cooperation on disability2, which puts Italy in a leading position among the 153 countries that have ratified the CRPD Convention (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006). The Action Plan results from the ollaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RIDS (Rete Italiana di Disabilità e Sviluppo - Italian Network on Disability and Development), who have, in fact, formed a working table and several technical groups for the drafting and approval of the Action Plan, involving ffty other civil society stakeholders.
Among the organizations dealing with international cooperation, RIDS is an innovative network, since it is made up not only of two NGOs (AIFO and EducAid) but also of two DPOs (DPIItaly and FISH) which, on an equal footing, apply the principle of full participation of persons with disabilities in all issues concerning them (art. 4 paragraph 3 of the CRPD).
AIFO: Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau (Italian Association Friends of Raoul Follereau).