Disability Inclusion and Bottom-up Development

Meeting of the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB)

On the 13th of September, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) explored the inclusion of disabled people in different parts of the world as a means to contribute to ending poverty and exclusion. During this session, different pieces of research were presented, ideas on disability inclusion were shared and the members of the LNOB platform provided each other with input and food for thought.

Disability movements in Sierra Leone
The session started off with Amelie van den Brink, who presented her master thesis about disability movements in Sierra Leone. She identified which factors contribute to, and hinder, collective identity formation among disability movements, and stressed how this influences lobbying and advocacy success. She found that networks of relationships among disabled people and movements, common experiences and understandings and social-political conflicts strengthen and reinforce collective identities. Contrary to this, she also found that inter-group competition, ideological differences, power struggles, distrust and diversity issues are factors that hinder common identity formation among disabled people. She concluded by providing several recommendations to promote collective identity formation and hence the civic power and inclusion of disabled people. These are: face to face interactions at the community level, the creation of common meanings and experiences and the sharing of information via information communication technologies (ICT).

Update on the Guide on Inclusive Business Partnerships
Nelleke van der Vleuten provided an update on the Practitioners Guide on Inclusive Business Partnerships. She noted that NGOs should be very precise about their capabilities and skills (“their own housing order”). Therefore, it is of crucial importance to document your best practices. NGOs should take in mind what a project implies for the day-to-day business of a company in order to strive for effective partnerships. Finally, she mentioned that NGOs are important for lobbying and advocacy, but should increasingly try to get businesses on board. There is too little interaction between NGOs and the business world. At the Partos Innovation Festival, there will be a workshop on this subject!

Update from the team working on disaggregated data
Lieke Scheeuwe informed the LNOB Platform about three things: the P20 initiative, an academic paper explaining ‘Leave No One Behind’, and the Inclusive Data Charter. Furthermore, she highlighted a meeting on the 29th of October between members of parliament and experts in The Hague about the usage of data to promote inclusion.

Research on disability inclusion
Annet Lukkien, who is a freelance consultant with Inclusion Matters, presented two pieces of research. First, she spoke about disability inclusion in the Humanitarian Aid sector. This research was carried out on behalf of Light For The World. She concluded that Humanitarian Aid organisations struggle to include people with disabilities. Her second piece of research concerned a business case ‘disability inclusion development’. She ended by stressing that there is a myth surrounding people with disabilities. However, this myth can and must be solved.

 “Disability inclusion is the way to fight poverty”

Bart Romijn, director of Partos, entered the discussion by presenting a ‘Trickle-up’ formula, in which development and inclusion should be organized bottom-up, instead of through the already existing dominant top-down structures of society. This formula is depicted as a triangle. He asked for input from the LNOB Platform to further formulate, define and improve the ‘Trickle-up’ proposition. Subsequently, members of the platform came up with several ideas and additions.

Adopt SDG number 10!
Rosa van Driel outlined the ‘adopt an SDG’ programme. She mentioned that platforms (such as the LNOB), NGOs and other organizations should provide the Members of Parliament (MPs) who adopted an SDG with knowledge and expertise. She asked the platform to support her with the knowledge and information that they have at their disposal.

Notes, presentations, actions, and other information shared on the Platform can be found on the LNOB dropbox. You are welcome to join the LNOB Platform and share your ideas, tools, and documents (send to info@thespindle.org).

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