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SAFOD trains UNCRPD Monitoring

8 November 2017

16 October 2017, Johannesburg – The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) had a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Monitoring and Reporting training session which was attended by 8 of its affiliate federations from South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia.

The workshop was also part of the “Organisational Development in Southern Africa Project” – a 3 year partnership that contributes to organisation development and human rights training.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO) and is part of FFO’s Theory of Change initiative.

The training programme aimed at giving the much needed skills in parallel reporting and general monitoring of the implementation of the UNCRPD to participants, mostly officers working on the ground, who are usually in a better position to integrating gained knowledge in their own day-to- day programs or activities.

“They hasn’t been much reporting from member countries hence the need to come up with this type of training.” said Mussa Chiwaula, the President of SAFOD.

“If the participants follow up on the shared and gained knowledge, it would really change the status quo to create good practises and engage government participation, “Mr. Chiwaula added.

Special training focus was placed on the UN human rights treaty working systems and how it relates to the implementation of the UNCRPD, sharing and analysing how different countries were going about the ratification and implementation of the Convention, enhancing networks and continuous info sharing between persons with disabilities and their organisations, among other objectives.

FFO partner organisations, such as SAFOD, contribute to change in attitudes towards persons with disabilities in society, governments and other spheres.

Most countries across southern Africa are party members yet Botswana still has to adopt the signing of the Convention.

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