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The Importance of the Global Disability Summit

February 17, 2022


The Global Disability Summit and our commitments!   

This February organisations of people with disabilities (OPDs), practitioners,  government officials and businesses will be coming together at the Global Disability Summit to discuss and share widespread commitments to help attain real change for people with disabilities.  

Able Child Africa is the leading charity in the UK working solely to help change the lives of children with disabilities in Africa. In 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic, a total of 1,684 children with disabilities in Africa were supported by the charity. The Global Disability Summit is therefore a platform for Able Child Africa to share their expertise and raise awareness on disability-inclusive practices.

In line with the Global Disability Summit, Able Child Africa has made six commitments to encourage inclusive education, social protection, and health services for people with disabilities.

Our Overarching Commitments: 

  • Design and lead disability-inclusive child safeguarding training to International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and UK development and humanitarian actors, including donors. Through this commitment, Able Child Africa plans to deliver training sessions on the importance of donors committing to inclusive safeguarding practices. 
  • Advocate and encourage the UK government to make disability inclusion a mandatory element of safeguarding training provided to Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) staff and partners through Bond DDG, the UK international development network.
  • Collaborate with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to deliver strategies to help dismantle harmful power dynamics that exist between international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs). 


Meaningful engagement of organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs): 

  • Invest in supporting the long-term capacity of the Able Child Africa Partnership Network to implement disability-inclusive child safeguarding practices in their staff team and working practices. 
  • Strengthen the Able Child Africa Partnership Network through the creation of an effective virtual platform, which enables timely and effective knowledge exchange between grassroots civil society organisations working with and for children with disabilities in Africa.


 Inclusive education: 

  • Work with the Able Child Africa Partnership Network to strengthen community based inclusive Early Childhood Education (ECE) systems, whilst improving the capacity of teachers through on-going in-service training on inclusive ECE approaches.  


 Inclusive health:

  • Invest in programmes that develop child-friendly and disability-inclusive materials on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and well-being support for children with disabilities. 


 Inclusive livelihoods and social protection: 

  • Work with the Able Child Africa Partnership Network on sourcing funding for projects to increase opportunities for youth with disabilities so that they can access community based financial services to improve their access to sustainable livelihoods.
  • Design toolkits on what works for community-based disability-inclusive child protection systems, including upskilling local workforces in disability-inclusive practices and looking for specific interventions (such as youth with disability peer-to-peer mentoring) that overcome the barriers children with disabilities experience relating to their safety and protection.


If you would like to speak more about any of our commitments
Email:  Lauren@ablechildafrica.org.uk

Click here to read our Disability-inclusive safeguarding toolkit 

Join us at the Global Disability Side event! 

Where we will be discussing Disability inclusive safeguarding: A non-negotiable for disability-inclusive development and humanitarian work. 

This Thursday 17th February 1 pm – 2:30 pm CET, Able Child Africa will be hosting a disability-inclusive safeguarding side event at the Global Disability Summit. Alongside will be,  International  and our partner in Rwanda, UWEZO Youth Empowerment. Both organisations worked with us to produce the Disability-inclusive Child Safeguarding Guidelines. The event will be chaired by a disability inclusion advocate and youth with cerebral palsy, Njeri Maria from Kenya.
To sign up click the link here to register: https://t.co/ZVaJa0TI2D

If you need help registering email: info@ablechildafrica.org.uk 

Date & Time

February 17, 2022

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The Importance of the Global Disability Summit
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