The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability rights community that empowers persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society.

DRF resource organizations led by persons with disabilities, primarily in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean, that are leading efforts to secure rights for all.

Through grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance, the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund support Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring no one is left behind.

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Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities
DRF/DRAF commit to ensuring that by the end of 2019, a majority of the members of our decision-making bodies (Boards and Grantmaking Committees) are persons with disabilities, and include representatives of marginalized groups (including women with disabilities).

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: By the end of 2019

Stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours
DRF/DRAF commit to ensuring that in our role as members of philanthropic and grantmaking networks (International Education Funders Group, Human Rights Funders Network, PEAK Grantmaking, etc.), we advocate for an increased profile and an inclusive and rights-based approach to disability among foundations and other grantmaking entities. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: Ongoing

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Region: Global
Year: 2018

Endorse and support the Partnership for Inclusive Education 
As members of the International Education Funders Group, DRF/DRAF commit to sharing information about the Partnership for Inclusive Education among IEFG member foundations and advocating for support for the Partnership. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: Throughout 2018-19.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Region: Global
Year: 2018

Commit resources to support strengthened disability data
DRF/DRAF commit to equipping our grantees (DPOs) with tools for their own data-driven policy recommendations and advocacy.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: By end 2019  

DRF/DRAF commit to help increase information on rights-based funding of organizations of persons with disabilities by a) continuing to code our funding by CRPD article and SDG goal; b) sharing our grantmaking data annually with other global human rights grantmakers via; c) sharing our grantmaking data annually with other SDG funders via or another similar platform; and d) updating our grants data on our own website, www.drafund/org/grants/directory/, twice/year. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: Ongoing, but for sharing SDG information, by end 2019

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Region: Global
Year: 2018
  1. DRF/DRAF commit to developing an implementation plan for our new Gender Guidelines by mid-2019. Timeframe and/or implementation plan: By mid-2019
  2. DRF/DRAF commit to ensuring that at least 15% of our funding annually is made to organizations of or addressing women and girls with disabilities. Timeframe and/or implementation plan: By end 2019
Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Region: Global
Year: 2018