- April 22, 2022

Sightsavers has given a new $1 million unrestricted grant to IDA to help advance disability rights worldwide.

Sightsavers has worked in a strategic and effective partnership with IDA since 2013 – sharing expertise and resources to advance disability rights and the inclusion agenda. The two organisations have worked together to organise two Global Disability Summits, supported the development and growth of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network, and jointly led major consortium initiatives to advance inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The grant will enable the global umbrella disability network to increase its advocacy work, provide technical assistance, and deliver capacity building for the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities and their representative organisations (OPDs). The funding is unrestricted, which means it can be spent wherever it is needed, rather than being tied to a particular area of work.

This is the largest unrestricted grant Sightsavers has made during its 70 years of supporting partners, enabling the partnership with IDA to reach a new level. Behind this partnership lies a shared principle that persons with disabilities are in the best place to decide how and where resources should be deployed to realise their rights.

Yannis Vardakastanis, the President of IDA said on this occasion, "I would also like to thank you wholeheartedly for the financial support to IDA. There is no question that for us, in IDA, this partnership with Sightsavers is a flagship partnership. In the challenging times that we live in, partnerships like ours give hope and vision for disability rights. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you in the years to come."

Sir Clive Jones, Chair of Sightsavers, said “We simply could not do what we do without the partnership between Sightsavers and IDA. We make this unprecedented show of solidarity with the firm belief that persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, are best placed to make and influence the decisions that affect their lives. This represents a commitment to the meaningful, independent, and fully financed engagement of OPDs in the development process.”

This grant allows IDA to further its focus on the fact that inclusion cannot happen if persons with disabilities and their organisations are not empowered to participate. The only successful way to ensure that persons with disabilities and their representative organizations are recognized as agents of change is by including their voices on all matters and aspects of life.

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