In order to support the development of ADF, including strengthening the role of its member DPOs, ADF is initiating an ADF Internship Program with the support of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). ADF is a full member of IDA.
The ADF Internship Program will provide training to young disability activists from ADF member DPOs in each of the five sub-regions of Africa. The first round of Internship was done in March 2016. The Program enabled an initial 4 interns, persons with disabilities, to travel to Ethiopia for briefings on ADF, learn about and liaise with the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa, the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and other organizations with regional offices located in Addis Ababa.
Interns also spent one month in Addis Ababa, hosted by the Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD) with support by the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) and the ADF Program Assistant. Interns based in the FENAPD Office completed an intensive program of visits prepared by the ADF Program Assistant, and prepared a report at the end of their stay in Addis Ababa. According to the needs of each intern, disability supports and accommodations was provided.
Upon their return home the interns are expected to continue to undertake specific ADF-related tasks, including serving their respective sub-regional federations or continental organization for a period up to 12 months, functioning as ADF “Focal Points”. Within the frame of the budget available, the Program will meet the costs of each intern up to a maximum total of 12 months (including the 1 month in Addis Ababa) as determined in consultation between ADF, IDA and the hosting organization. Interns are trainees and are NOT ADF employees.
The first four interns that participate in the program are:
- Ms. Betty Najjemba, Uganda (East Africa), 27, hearing impairment
- Ms. Tchotchom Virginie, Cameroun (Central Africa), 28, mobility impairment
- Mr. Thabiso Maysenyetsi, Lesotho (Southern Africa), 28, visual impairment
- Mr. Sissoko Mamadou, Mali (West Africa), 33, albinism