November 2 – 4, 2015 – Johannesburg, South Africa
Shikuku Obosi and Jabulane Dikgale represented Inclusion Africa at both the African Disability Alliance (ADA) General Assembly and Communities of Practice in Disability Advocacy for Mainstreaming (COPDAM) Third Roundtable Meeting, Reality of Disability Mainstreaming – Joint Planning with Budgets and Monitoring Frameworks, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2-4 November 2015.
The purpose of the COPDAM roundtable was to share best practices in mainstreaming disability in government policy and programs in different African countries, while also highlighting the achievements of the project.
Shikuku addressed the role of Inclusion Africa in the region supporting its members in securing the right to Inclusive education, the right to decide for people with intellectual disabilities and building self-advocacy as crucial to citizenship. Shikuku also highlighted Inclusion Africa’s efforts at strengthening its governance and management capacity so that it can effectively advocate the Africa Union and other key stakeholders.
Earlier at the General Assembly, Jabulane Dikgale was re-elected to the ADA Board as its Secretary.
ADA, formerly the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disability (SADPD), is an African knowledge-based organization that works in partnership with the AU, UN, African governments, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and DPOs to promote inclusive development and human rights for persons with disabilities.
COPDAM is a continental disability policy implementation strategy that is aimed at building the capacity of national, regional, and continental cross – disability federations to negotiate and advocate for disability mainstreaming in all sectors of government. It similarly aims to give technical support to improve the capacity of the Africa Union and national governments on including disability into their development plans.
ADA has been implementing the project in collaboration with CBM and the six national federations of Disabled Peoples Organizations from the target countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Inclusion Africa has members in all the COPDAM target countries except Madagascar.