- May 30, 2019

Dear Members/Partners/Colleagues,

IDA and IDDC recently developed the Bridge CRPD-SDGs training initiative to support leaders and resource persons of organizations of people with disabilities to advocate for inclusion and realization of all human rights for all persons with disabilities in resource-constrained environments and facing challenging governance and competing agendas and politics at national and local levels.

The intensive Bridge CRPD-SDGs program focuses on an inclusive and comprehensive understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as well as generating a CRPD perspective on development in general and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular. As an outcome of the training program, advocates would have stronger skills and knowledge to make the most of both SDGs and the CRPD to ensure the realization of all human rights for all persons with disabilities.

The Tanzanian Federation of Disabled people’s Organisation (SHIVYAWATA), the African Disability Forum (ADF), and other IDA members, together with CBM and other IDDC members have the pleasure to launch this open call for participation in the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Tanzanian cycle.

In case you or your organisation is interested in apply, make sure you fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be an active member of a DPO, member of a DPO federation that is a member organization of the African Disability Forum (ADF), be it at a national, sub-regional or continental level. Or, for applicants from disability groups who have been traditionally excluded, evidence of being an active member of a self-advocacy group with the view to establishing or linking to a DPO,
  • A commitment to learning, exchange, mentor and support other disability activists within their own group and beyond: be this at a local, national or regional level,
  • Have a genuine commitment to working inclusively to strengthen a cross-disability movement, being ready to share and learn about the complexity and diversity of the lived experience of disability,
  • A working awareness of the CRPD and a commitment to learning more about how to apply human rights concepts approach, including using other human rights treaties, and the SDGs to advocate for disability-inclusive public policy at national and local levels,
  • Demonstrate experience, interest and aptitude to engage in influencing development processes and public policy, be this at a local, national or regional level,
  • Be able to fully attend both modules and to undertake given assignments (a full missed day, disqualify the participant to complete its BRIDGE training),


The medium of the training will be Swahili and the ability to effectively communicate through other mediums such as sign language or any alternative modes and formats of communication are required.

Most marginalised groups

The selection of candidates will be an open process based on fair representation of sex, age and different types of disabilities and background such as people from rural and remote areas and ethnic minorities. Deaf people, visually impaired persons, persons with deafblindness, persons with intellectual disabilities, persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with autism, persons with albinism and persons with disabilities from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Participation in the Bridge CRPD-SDGs training neither incurs fees to the trainee nor to their organisations. For that reason, each and all Bridge CRPD-SDGs participants commit themselves in reverting back the knowledge and experiences acquired in Bridge to their organisations and networks, as well as to the broad disability movement.


Interested persons are invited to provide a file containing:

1) A letter of expression of interest stating experience and commitment to the whole process (one-page maximum). This could be done via recorded oral or video presentation, including in sign language and Swahili;

2) An updated CV in Swahili;

3) A letter of recommendation on letterhead from a member DPO of a national, sub-regional or continental DPO, member of the African Disability Forum, IDA or IDDC member in English or Swahili.

Files, including the letter of expression of interest and the required information, must be submitted:

  • By e-mail to the following address:  bridge_platform [at]  
  • No later than June 14, 2019.

To read the application call in Swahili, please, click here and here in English

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