The International Disability Alliance (IDA) was established in 1999 as a network of global and, since 2007, regional disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). The aim of IDA is to promote the effective and full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) worldwide, as well as compliance with the CRPD within the UN system, through the active and coordinated involvement of representative organizations of persons with disabilities at the national, regional and international levels.
With member organizations around the world, IDA represents the estimated one billion people worldwide living with a disability. This is the world’s largest – and most frequently overlooked – minority group. IDA with its unique composition as a network of the foremost international disability rights organizations is the most authoritative representative voice of persons with disabilities and acknowledged as such by the United Nations system both in New York and Geneva.
IDA was instrumental in establishing the International Disability Caucus (IDC), the network of global, regional and national organizations of persons with disabilities and allied NGOs, which was to become a key player in the negotiation of the CRPD.
IDA is now a major international player in the support of the CRPD, both on the international level and the regional/national level. Among other activities, IDA is the key focal point for the disability rights movement in developing an ongoing relationship between the UN organs and civil society, including DESA, the OHCHR, the Conference of States Parties, special procedures, and most recently, the CRPD Committee. IDA is also committed to building the capacity of national DPOs with special attention to the Global South, in order to support the national efforts toward ratification, implementation and monitoring of the CRPD.