- March 16, 2023

From 12 to 19 March 2023, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), in partnership with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), is conducting the Training of Trainers (ToT) Module A in the framework of the Bridge CRPD-SDG Training Initiative. The training takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, and is supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (DFAT); the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office’s (FCDO) Disability Catalyst Programme, United Kingdom; the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for Finland (MOFA); and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). 

For the first time since 2019, the ToT Module A is being held in Geneva alongside the Committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) . In order to ensure the full and effective participation of underrepresented groups of disability, a preparatory workshop was organized prior to the ToT. 


The sessions of the ToT Module A closely mirror the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Module 1, and emphasize a deeper understanding of the CRPD, and encourage participants to facilitate discussions on these topics for their peers. It also has a strong emphasis on inclusive facilitation methods, based on the different styles of learning from each participants.   

This ToT is bringing 20 leaders with disabilities from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, including persons with albinism, psychosocial disabilities, Deafblindness, deaf people, including indigenous and youth representatives with disabilities. Furthermore, half the participants in the training are women. 

The first day of the ToT opened with remarks from Marc Workman, CEO of the World Blind Union; Juan Angel de Gouveia, President, Latin American Network of NGOs of Persons with Disabilities and Their Families (RIADIS); Michael Njenga, Regional Mental Health Advisor – Africa for CBM Global, as an IDDC member, as well as Bhargavi Davar, Executive Director, Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI) of persons with psychosocial disabilities, as a Bridge partner. 

We were also joined by our partners from FCDO, Harriet Knowles and Daryl Lloyd, who will be observing the ToT during the entire week. 

 Read more information on the Bridge CRPD-SDGs training here. 

Additional resources:

1. Agenda 
2. List of participants