Our CBID work recognises that building strong communities requires a focus on equal access to good quality services (health, education, social and livelihood) and on civic participation aimed at supporting people with disabilities, their families and organisations to have the ability and confidence to fully participate in the social, economic and political life of their communities.
KCBRP is a Strategic Partner of Liliane Foundation-The Netherlands. As an SPO we reiterate the core strategy of Liliane Foundation called Child Empowerment. Child Empowerment means increasing the child’s personal, social, educational and economic strengths. The strategy consists of two elements: the development of children (Child Development) and the accessibility of their environment (Enabling Environment).
In our partnership with over 30 Pro-disability Organizations, and also in our cooperation with other organizations, the role of the Liliane Foundation as a knowledge organization is growing. Because we work at grassroots level in societies and have a different approach, we can build unique expertise on a number of specific themes.
KCBRP plays a role as a facilitator, capacitor and networker with and for more than 30 Pro-disability organizations in desiging and implementing interventions concentrated in four(4) CBID linked strategic focus areas:
It is observable from the context analysis that poverty can cause disability as much as disability increases poverty levels. Generally, PWDs are more vulnerable to poverty because of inequalities in access to opportunities and productive resources; limited employable skills; as well as exclusions from economic, social and political spaces. Further, it is apparent that PWDs face attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers that limit or exclude them from accessing essential services and or meaningful participation in political and social representation. These situations combine to sustain exclusion of PWDs from decisions that could improve their equality in society and subsequently quality of life.
To effectively address these challenges, KCBRP and other DPOs/concerned actors must address the systemic root causesof exclusion, often embedded in societal norms, formal laws and institutions, rather than just the presenting issues. This also implies that development efforts must integrate promotion of social justice if inclusion, dignity and equality for PWDsis to be achieved.A right based approach that regards PWDs as entitled to decent living and a right to engage in key social, political and economic processes is also needed. Finally, individual and collective capacities of PWDs and their institutions must be strengthened to enable them to fully tap on existing opportunities or resources
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