Africa – EU Strategic Alliances project towards Disability Inclusion Launched

CEO of African Disability Alliance

The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), with funding and technical support from European Union and Christoffell Blinden Mission (CBM) respectively, is implementing the Alliance for Rights – Africa towards Disability Inclusion (ARADI) project. The official launch took place in Johannesburg, South Africa recently .

According to a press release signed by Ms. Aïda Sarr, the Project and Communication Officer – ARADI, Africa Disability Alliance, the project which has a lifespan from February 2017 to January 2020 is a continental disability oriented strategy that is aimed to support Civil Society Organization’s (CSO) participation and contribution to African continental decision – and policy making and standard setting.

The representative of CBM Germany, Mr. Arno Eul emphasized the magnitude of the project has a key interest to the European Union, hence the need to ensure that ARADI meets it’s intended impact.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Disability Alliance Mr. Kudakwashe Dube gave an overview of ADA in the presence of a European Union representative Ms.Flora Bertizzolo, partners from CBM Regional Office based in South Africa and implementing partners gave an overview about the organisation. The Africa Disability Alliance is a disability led technical agency deriving its mandate from the African continental human rights movement of organisations of persons with disabilities.

With regard to ARADI project, he underlined the facets of the “AU triangle”, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR in Banjul, Gambia), the African Union Court (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa.

ADA will strengthen the capacity of 13 Pan-African Disability Federations (PADF’s) and 14 Youth CSO in Africa to ensure targets and deliverables are met as espoused in the project document. It is imperative that the Model Disability Law (MDL) and Africa Disability Protocol (ADP) are adopted. They will act as benchmarks for inclusion of human rights of persons with disabilities .

The African Disability Protocol (ADP) builds on the rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN charter. The protocol has an African drive and thrust and approval of the ADP would be a major success in spearheading and driving the rights of persons with disabilities in the continental context. The protocol reflects a legal instrument from an African perspective and approach for ownership.

The Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, which was established in 2007, is the overarching long-term framework for Africa-EU relations. It reflects the commitment of the continent to work together on a strategic, equal, and long-term footing.

It is based on shared values and aims at promoting common interests and achieving shared strategic objectives through the strengthening of economic cooperation and the promotion of sustainable development, with both continents living side by side in peace, security, democracy, prosperity, solidarity and human dignity.

The role of civil society organisations in this Pan-African Programme is an important one as civil society is a central constituent part of democratic policy-making and implementation at all levels namely local, national, regional and continental.

“ARADI would not only strengthen existing relationships between CBM and ADA but also expand cooperation on a bilateral, regional and international level” said Ms. Aïda Sarr

 

Source: Seth Addi/TodayGhanaNews.com

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