What is Spadra?
The Strengthening Partnerships to Advance Disability Rights in Africa (SPADRA) initiative aims to address the challenges faced by millions of persons with disabilities in Africa, particularly women and girls with disabilities. These individuals often experience extreme poverty, marginalization, and abuse, and encounter barriers to participation and inclusion and lack of access to healthcare, education, employment, and decision-making. Women with disabilities face additional challenges due to intersecting factors like gender, disability, age, social class, and ethnicity. SPADRA is designed to advance gender and disability rights in Africa.
The project’s overall objective is to advance gender and disability rights in Africa through strengthening Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) capacity and cross-disability and mainstream partnerships at Pan African, sub regional and national levels.
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In 2021, approximately 1.3 billion people globally or 16 per cent of the population have disability, of which 80 per cent live in developing countries, according to the latest data on disability published by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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The project is implemented by a consortium of four partner organizations: International Disability Alliance (IDA) , African Disability Forum (ADF) and two other members of ADF namely Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA) and Inclusion Africa (IA). The partners will establish a dynamic consortium focussed on strengthening OPD capacity and cross-disability and mainstream partnerships at Pan African level and at national level.
Location: Ghana, Benin, Malawi and Zambia.
- Strengthening cross disability and mainstream partnerships to advance gender and disability rights at Pan African and national levels.
- Improving the capacity of OPDs to model and lead the design and delivery of disability and gender equality initiatives that monitor and uphold human rights instruments.
Period: It spans two phases with an inception phase for the first 12 months and full-scale implementation of 24 months.