WELCOME TO AFRICA DISABILITY ALLIANCE

The African Disability Alliance (ADA) was initially called the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disability (SADPD). The organisation’s name was changed with effect from 11 April 2014. The registration of ADA launches a new phase in the development and maturity of the organisation as a disability-led technical agency deriving its mandate from the human rights movement of organisations of persons with disabilities that constitute its membership.

The change was necessitated by the need to communicate the real work/ mandate of the organisation, to shorten the name and de-link it from a ‘decade’ timeframe. There was also a need to adopt a name that communicates the fact that the organisation is an African,  broad-based, continental technical agency that works through alliances and networks using a broad range of policy tools that emanate from the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) and other jurisdictions.

The organisation has regional offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia responsible for the East Africa region. Thelocation of the regional office was strategically chosen after careful review and in order to provide effective communication, programme infrastructure and logistics. The location also ensure that the organisation is as close to the AU/key government structures as possible in order to facilitate efficient management of resources, policy work, programming, high-level diplomacy and international relations.

Our Vision

An African continent where people with disabilities enjoy their human rights.

Our Mission

To be an African knowledge-based organisation that works in partnership with the AU, UN, African governments, CSOs, Academia and DPOs to promote inclusive development and human rights for persons with disabilities.

Our Objectives

To generate and utilise evidence Based Knowledge
To work through and with partners, networks / alliances

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

The ADA has matured into an essential technical resource for continental/ regional political/economic/social bodies and structures. A well-established organisation has emerged from the difficult formative phases with a clear vision and mission.  The organisation has managed to turn around its own operations and its ability to influence development and implementation of policies in Africa in a manner that has reduced fragmentation in the disability policy formulation, strategy development and programming processes.

ADA has successfully used international diplomacy / relations to solve complex problems faced by persons with disabilities. This approach has been welcomed as an effective strategy to cause commitment to provide resources and implementation of policies and strategies in a manner that benefits persons with disabilities. The organisation has implemented a broad range of demand-led programmes and projects that have placed disability at the centre of planning, implementation and evaluation strategies at both national and Africa continental level. This includes adding value to policy formulation and implementation processes within the African Union (AU) system, Regional Economic Committee (RECs) and African governments.

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AFRICA DISABILITY ALLIANCE (ADA)

The ADA has matured into an essential technical resource for continental/ regional political/economic/social bodies and structures. A well-established organisation has emerged from the difficult formative phases with a clear vision and mission. The organisation has managed to turn around its own operations and its ability to influence development and implementation of policies in Africa in a manner that has reduced fragmentation in the disability policy formulation, strategy development and programming processes.

The process of developing and mobilising champion States through the ambassadorial country status award initiative has achieved tremendous success in placing disability in the forefront of development in Africa. This innovative strategy has received international acclaim and placed disability at regional/ continental sessions of crucial ministerial delegations, political bodies, experts’ working groups and development partners actively working in Africa.

The programming processes in continental/ political structures and within countries provide evidence of growing awareness about the need for persons with disabilities to provide not only political/ activist-type leadership, but also technical support/expertise. Thus the ADA strategy of pushing policies to practice (i.e. implementation of provisions of policies, legislation, conventions) is starting to bear fruits. The alliance building strategy was a major contributor to ADA’s role as a user-led, demand-driven technical agency that placed disability at the centre on planning and resource allocations at regional and continental levels.

Disability has also been placed on the agenda of a number of regional initiatives, including:

  • Contribution towards the development of the Continental Plan of Action for the extended African Decade of Persons with disabilities adopted by the AU Heads of States
  • Organising and facilitating consultation sessions for purposes of contributing to the content of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa.
  • Disability Inclusive Peace and Security (DIPS).
  • Advocacy for an inclusive post 2015 development framework
  • Social protection framework and strategies
  • Inclusive Education at the level of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). An Inclusive Education strategy for learners with disabilities has been developed for approval by the SADC ministers responsible for education
  • Providing leadership in African research Consortia including the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD)
  • Supported the development of Inter-sectoral disability mainstreaming strategies
  • Developing Regional Champion Countries. Through the ADA disability Ambassadorial Award.

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