- May 1, 2023

From 30 April to 6 May 2023, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), CBM Global, and UNICEF under the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (DRG), is conducting the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Module 3 on CRPD Article 11— Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies. The training is taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal, in partnership with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  

The training is hosting 14 OPD participants and 10 participants from Humanitarian Organizations including UN Agencies, INGOs and NGOs. This is the first edition of the Module 3 since the pilot in Beirut, in 2019.  

Seven facilitators from seven different countries (France, India, Ireland, Italy, Sudan, Tunisia, USA) representing both OPDs and humanitarian organisations will be facilitating the training. This training is designed in the framework of the Bridge CRPD-SDG Training Initiative, with an emphasis on in depth and interactive discussions while also being committed to inclusive facilitation. 

A preparatory meeting for underrepresented groups of persons with disabilities including the Deaf and persons with deafblindness was organised a day prior to the event. The preparatory day ensures the participants, and their sign language interpreters have clarity on key concepts used in the training for their full and effective participation.   

At the opening, Devidutta Acharya, President of the National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), appreciated IDA’s role in making efforts to connect OPDs and humanitarian agencies as a means of promoting crosscutting collaboration and exploring the implementation of Article 11 of the CRPD. NFDN’s support in organizing this event was crucial. Opening remarks also followed on behalf of the DRG, IDA and IDDC.  

The training began by introducing participants to the structure of the workshop, the inclusion and feedback mechanisms in place, and then moved into the interactive “Game of Life” – providing a practical representation of how barriers arising from impairments, humanitarian crisis and other intersectionalities impact the trajectory of people’s lives.  

For the rest of the day, OPD and humanitarian participants had parallel sessions to bring groups up to speed on the basics of the humanitarian eco-system and the CRPD respectively. 

The 6.5-day workshop will be followed by a workshop on the Global Disability Summit for the OPD participants.  

Additional resources:

1. Call for applications
2. Agenda in Word and PDF
3. List of participants

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