Farmer in Uganda, photo by McWilliams Wasswa

Five We are Able! Advocacy Cases

As We are Able!, we have gathered multiple best practices from our several years of experience to showcase what kinds of measures in policies and law have been successful in working towards our goal: increased food security for persons with disabilities in the six countries we work in. These cases are more practical recommendations, adding to the general recommendations in the below position paper.

We welcome you to read our approaches and invite you to investigate how to incorporate it into your policies regarding food security.

Annual Report 2022 – Summary

What did we do in 2022? The We are Able! (WaA!) consortium engaged in numerous pivotal activities in 2022 to promote food security for persons with disabilities and to ensure their civic space in political decisionmaking. We are pleased to share the highlights of our 2022 work.

Position Paper: Towards Inclusive Food and Livelihood Security

The WaA! position paper is an exploration of the realities experienced by persons with disabilities in East and Central Africa. At the consortium level, we delve into their daily challenges and examine how these adversities directly impact their food and livelihood security, drawing upon our findings from the past two and a half years.

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Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines

“Communications play a key role in changing norms and shifting from a charity or medical model to a social model or to the human rights-based approach that should guide all communications.”

The We are Able! programme staff considers this statement by the United Nations to be true.

We strive for a society that leaves no one behind. This society starts with the way we communicate ourselves. Therefore, we have created this document to help everyone involved in the We are Able! Programme and its partners to communicate in a disability inclusive manner.

Thank you for applying these guidelines!

Annual report We are Able! 2021

What did we do in 2021? On June 1st, We are Able! presented its first annual report to our donor, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although 2021 is only the first year of the WaA! consortium, we are proud to present the first results of our work.

What is the role of religion in the inclusion of people with disabilities?

By Jolijn Kersbergen, ZOA (consortium partner of We are Able!)

During my internship at ZOA and the We are Able! program, I have carried out a research project on the link between religion and disability inclusion. Religion is a very important factor in shaping norms and behaviour in a society, and therefore crucial to consider if you want to change stigmatizing norms and practices.

For this research project, I have looked at academic literature on the link between religion and disability inclusion, I have studied key We are Able! documents and I have interviewed We are Able! staff members on this topic. Currently, religious norms and religious actors are not intentionally targeted in the We are Able! program. This policy brief explains why religion is important in disability inclusion and offers recommendations for the role it could play in We are Able!

Overcoming barriers to food security

How is the We are Able! programme in Uganda supporting people with disabilities to overcome barriers to food security? Read more about this in a photonarrative report by We are Able! in Uganda.

Scoping studies We are Able!

We are Able! has arranged for a scoping study to be conducted in Ethiopia, Uganda and DR Congo. This study contributes to filling the knowledge gap on the challenges and problems faced by persons with disabilities to access services and resources.
The study also critically reflects on assumptions and discourses guiding interventions to remove social barriers that hinder persons with disabilities from fully participating in society, and to enhance learning with partners and develop adaptive programming. 
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