Bridge CRPD-SDGs in the MENA Region – Module 1 Kick-Off

Africa, Events, Middle East, News, December 19 2018

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CAIRO, EGYPT: From 13-19 December, 2018, Cairo, Egypt is hosting the regional Bridge CRPD-SDGs training programme for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic.

 This is the first ever Bridge training initiative in this region and is being organised by the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD), with the support of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and their members, in particular CBM and ADD International;  and funded by AOPD, CBM,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MOFA), DRAF, and the Art 11 Project on the Inclusive Humanitarian Action for Persons with Disabilities.

The 30 participants representing DPOs from nine countries of the region, bring with them a wide range of experience, including from persons with intellectual disabilities, deaf-blindness, cerebral palsy, albinism, physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments. The agenda includes detailed analysis and examination of the key concepts of the CRPD and an introduction to the SDGs. The training programme will also put a particular focus on human rights and development issues that resonate strongly with the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in the region.

Particular focus on the Art 11 of the CRPD

It is noteworthy that this Bridge CRPD-SDGs MENA region training has a particular focus on Article 11 of the CRPD on the situation of risks and humanitarian emergencies. Additionally, it will also highlight employment and livelihoods issues in line with DFID’s new programme on Disability Inclusive Development (DiD) which has Jordan as one of the programme countries.


The facilitation team is comprised of Dr Nawaf Kabbara (AOPD), Jahda Abou Khalil (AOPD),  Imededdine Ouertani (Bridge Consultant), Alradi Abdalla (ADD International), Hend Al-Showeir (WFD), Manel Mhiri (II) and Tchaurea Fleury (Bridge CRPD-SDGs Coordinator)

Source: IDA CRPD Forum

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