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 Amélie van den Brink presenting her master thesis about the collective identity formation and maintenance of the disability social movement in Sierra Leone. In particular, she identified which factors contribute to or hinder the movement’s collective identity formation and maintenance processes. She stressed how these factors can influence general lobbying and advocacy success for the group. She found that the movement has been fragmented since its inception in 1995 during Sierra Leone’s brutal eleven-year Civil War. The factors that helped foster their sense of ‘we’ or identity was their shared experiences of exclusion in every sector of society and their desire to speak for themselves and with one voice, instead of NGOs or other actors speaking on their behalf. Post-Civil War, the movement has been maintained through the creation of new networks of relationships among people with disability in the everyday spaces and at the community level, using information communication technologies (ICTs) such as Facebook and WhatsApp. This way the movement managed to successfully spur lobbying and advocacy activities. However, Amélie also found that the group has been fragmented due to inter-group competition, diversity-related issues and ideological differences. She concluded by providing several recommendations to promote collective identity, including identity work aimed at integrating the multiple voices who feel left out, especially women and youth with a disability.
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 email@example.com).