Inclusion Resources

We at Hub Cymru Africa promote, encourage and support Welsh-based international development actors to ensure that disability is at the core of the projects they carry out. Here you can find resources to help improve inclusion at your organisation.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) does not try to define disability. Instead it describes disability is an ‘evolving’ concept, and that ‘disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others’.

80 % of disabled people (around 500 million) live in the poorest countries of the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise that disability and development are inextricably interlinked, and disability inclusive development is central to ensuring that these goals are met.

We, at Hub Cymru Africa, believe that disability inclusion is an essential part of any development project. We therefore promote, encourage and support Welsh-based international development actors to ensure that disability is at the core of the projects they carry out. We believe that the impact of excluding the disabled from development programmes result in their isolation socially, politically and environmentally. We support diverse activities through grants, development support, capacity building and public events.  

We support the principle of ‘leave no one behind’, and the ambition to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030. 


Disability is included in the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4: Guaranteeing equal and accessible education by building inclusive learning environments and providing the needed assistance for persons with disabilities.

Goal 8: Promoting inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market.

Goal 10: Emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities

Goal 11: Creating accessible cities and water resources, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces.

Goal 17: Underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, emphasis on disability disaggregated data.

Training manual for Wales and Africa groups on disability-inclusive development.

Trainer manual to deliver disability-inclusive development training to Wales and Africa groups.

Examples of how Wales and Africa groups can engage DFID (FCDO) and DPOs at country level.

The first meeting of the 9-member Executive Council of the African Disability Forum (ADF), the membership organization of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Africa, took place 14-15 March 2016 in Addis Ababa.

During the meeting the Council approved for ADF membership 8 Continental DPOs, 4 Sub-Regional DPO Federations and 34 National DPO Federations, as follows: 

Continental DPOs: 

  • African Down Syndrome Network (ADSN) 
  • African Federation of the DeafBlind (AFDB) 
  • African Union of the Deaf (AUD) 
  • African Youth with Disabilities Network (AYWDN) 
  • Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA) 
  • Inclusion Africa 
  • Pan African Federation of the Disabled (PAFOD) 
  • Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANUSP).

Sub-Regional DPO Federations: 

  • Eastern Africa Federation of the Disabled (EAFOD) 
  • Central Africa Federation of Persons with Disabilities (CAFOD) 
  • Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) 
  • West Africa Federation of Persons with Disabilities (WAFOD).

National DPO Federations/Networks: 

  1. Algeria – Fédération Nationale Algérienne des Personnes Handicapées (FNAPH) 
  2. Angola – Associacâo Nacional de Deficientes Angolanos (ANDA) 
  3. Benin – Fédération des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Bénin (FAPHB) 
  4. Botswana – Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD) 
  5. Burkina Faso – Fédération Burkinabé des Associations des Personnes Handicapées (FEBAH) 
  6. Burundi – Union des Personnes Handicapées du Burundi 
  7. Cameroon – Plateforme Inclusive Society for Persons with Disabilities 
  8. Chad – Union Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Tchad 
  9. Congo Brazzaville – Union Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Congo (UNHACO) 
  10. Equatorial Guinea – ASSONAMI 
  11. Ethiopia – Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD) 
  12. Gabon – Fédération Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Gabon (FNAPHG) 
  13. Gambia – Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD) 
  14. Ghana – Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) 
  15. Guinea – Fédération Guinéen des Associations de/pour les personnes handicapées (FEGUIPAH) 
  16. Ivory Coast – Confédération des Organisations des Personnes Handicapées de Cote d’Ivoire (COPHCI) 
  17. Kenya – United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) 
  18. Lesotho – Lesotho National Federation of Organizations of the Disabled (LNFOD) 
  19. Malawi – Federation of Disability Organizations of Malawi (FEDOMA) 
  20. Mali – Fédération Malienne des Associations de Personnes Handicapées (FEMAPH) 
  21. Mauritania – Fédération Mauritanienne des Associations Nationales de Personnes Handicapées (FEMANPH) 
  22. Mauritius – Mauritius Federation of Disabled Persons Organizations 
  23. Mozambique – Mozambique Federation of the Disabled (FAMOD) 
  24. Namibia – National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia 
  25. Niger – Fédération Nigérienne des Personnes Handicapées (FNPH) 
  26. Nigeria – Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) 
  27. Rwanda – National Union of Disability Organizations of Rwanda (NUDOR) 
  28. Sao Tome – Associação dos Deficientes de SaoTomé e Príncipe (ADSTP) 
  29. Senegal – Fédération Sénégalaise des Associations de Personnes Handicapées (FSAPH) 
  30. Somalia – Somalia/Somaliland Disability Network (SOSODIN) 
  31. Tanzania – Tanzania Federation of Disabled Peoples Organizations (SHIVYAWATA) 
  32. Togo – Fédération Togolaise des Personnes Handicapées (FETAPH) 
  33. Uganda – National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) 
  34. Zambia – Zambia Federation of the Disabled (ZAFOD).

In addition, the Council approved for ADF Associate membership: 

  • Albinism Society of South Africa 
  • Consortium of African Diasporas in the United States for the Social and Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities (CADUS) 
  • Ethiopian National Disability Action Network (ENDAN) 
  • National Paralympics Committee of Congo Brazzaville 
  • Universal Design Africa.

The ADF Executive Council Chairperson, Mr. Shuaib Chalklen, welcomed the DPOs and organizations to formal membership in ADF, and urged national DPO federations in other African countries to apply for ADF membership. He also encouraged interested organizations sharing ADF principles and objectives to apply for ADF Associate membership. 

Executive Council members were informed that the Board of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) had granted ADF full IDA membership, and the Council approved ADF membership in IDA. The Council also approved the ADF 2016 Work Plan and Budget and thanked IDA, the UN Partnership Fund for Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and Disabled Persons Organizations of Denmark (DPOD) for their continuing partnership and support. 

Observing the Council meeting were 4 ADF interns presently in Addis Ababa for an orientation to ADF and to African regional institutions. They include: 

  • Ms. Betty Najjemba, Uganda (East Africa), 27, hearing impairment 
  • Ms. Tchotchom Virginie, Cameroun (Central Africa), 28, mobility impairment 
  • Mr. Thabiso Maysenyetsi, Lesotho (Southern Africa), 28, visual impairment 
  • Mr. Sissoko Mamadou, Mali (West Africa), 33, albinism.

For further information about ADF and ADF membership please contact: 

Countries not signed up: Western  Sahara, Botswana, Eritrea, Lesotho, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan. 

Countries Signed Convention: Libya, Comoros 

Signed Convention and Protocol: Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic 

Ratified Convention: Algeria, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Kenya, Gabon, Zambia, Malawi Lesotho, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia, Suda, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Congo, Congo DRC, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Djibouti, Reuniion Islands 

There are different ways to make information accessible to people with a learning disability. The best way to find out the preferred format is to ask the person or the people who will be the audience.

Online presentations and web-based seminars (webinars) are becoming more mainstream as educational institutions and training providers look for more efficient ways of supporting learners. But how do webinars work for people with disabilities? This document looks at how to get the most from webinar opportunities.

Report on the barriers, opportunities and challenges of diasbled people to be involved in the Wales and Africa programe.

A film used to educate communities on disability rights. To tackle the stigma of disability within Africa in a different way. By reaching out in a different way – a film – something memorable that would cause people to go away and think about and talk about the problem for a long time –something that would really change behaviour.

The overarching aim of this research is to better understand how international development is perceived and understood within diaspora communities1 in order to build public support.