Disability Inclusion in Development Cooperation - The European Way Forward. Brussels, Belgium

  • 05 Dec 2019
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  • 05 Dec 2019
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Bridging the Gap II 

Disability inclusion in development cooperation – The European way forward 

Brussels, 5 December 2019 

European Economic and Social Committee 

Trèves Building, 7th floor, 74 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels 

Room: TRE 7701 

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8:45 – 9:00 Registration 

9:00 – 9:30 Opening remarks – A renewed European commitment for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development cooperation 

  • TBA, European Commission 
  • Hanna Lehtinen, Ambassador, Representative of Finland to the Political and Security Committee (TBC) 
  • Mónica Silvana González, Member of the European Parliament 
  • Marie Zvolska, European Economic and Social Committee 
  • Anna Terrón Cusì, FIIAPP – Spanish Cooperation, Director 
  • Nadia Hadad, European Disability Forum 

Introduction by Federico Martire, Director of Bridging the Gap II 

9:30 – 10:00 The European Union’s contribution to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international cooperation 

  • Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in EU-funded Humanitarian Aid Operations, Reka Dobri, DG ECHO 

10:00 – 10:45 State of play of disability mainstreaming 

Dialogue animated by Federico Martire, BtG-II Director 

  • Commitments and results from the Global Summits, Priscille Geiser, International Disability Alliance 
  • The UNPRPD and the UN Disability Strategy, Sreeupa Mitra, UNDP 
  • The World Bank’s accountability system and the IDA19 replenishment, TBA, World Bank 

Coffee and tea break (10h45 – 11h00) 

11:00 – 12:00 State of play of disability mainstreaming (continues) 

Dialogue animated by Federico Martire, BtG-II Director 

  • CRPD indicators, Victoria Lee, OHCHR, Programme Manager BtG-I 
  • The OECD DAC Marker on Disability, Mina Lomuscio, AICS (TBC) 
  • The GLAD Network, Rachel Orme, DfID United Kingdom 
  • Results and recommendations from BtG’s learning spaces and country activities, Alessia Rogai, IDDC, BtG-II Knowledge and Learning Management Coordinator 

12:00 – 13:00 Making international cooperation inclusive of persons with disabilities 

Dialogue animated by Alessia Rogai, BtG-II Knowledge and Learning Management Coordinator 

  • Preliminary study on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in European Union development cooperation, Charlotte Axelsson, Independent consultant 
  • Disability inclusion in Finland’s development cooperation, Kateriina Sario, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland 
  • CBM-DFAT Australia Partnership - Building understanding and technical capacity for disability-inclusive development, Mary Keogh, CBM 
  • Disability in the action of the EEAS, Tove Soevndahl Gant, European External Action Service, Human Rights 

Lunch break (13h00 – 13h30) 

13:30 – 14:30 Including DPOs in public policymaking 

Dialogue animated by Catherine Naughton, Director European Disability Forum 

  • DPOs’ meaningful participation in BtG countries, Alex Cote, Center for Inclusive Policy 
  • The role of DPOs in international cooperation – the case of ONCE, Javier Güemes, Director of International Relations Grupo Social ONCE 
  • The collaboration among DPOs and donors in partner countries, Mette Müller Kristensen, Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) - IDDC 
  • TBD, CONADIS Paraguay 

14:30 – 15:30 Support to national Governments 

Dialogue animated by Francois Carbonez, Policy Officer Light for the World 

  • BtG’s support to regional and federal governments in Ethiopia, Tesfu Equbeyonas, ADA Capacity Building Coordinator BtG in Ethiopia 
  • The experience of Bridging the Gap in Sudan, Daniele Manieri, AICS, Country Coordinator BtG in Sudan 
  • Support to disability-inclusive development by the German Cooperation, GIZ/BMZ, (TBC) 
  • TBA, IDDC 

Coffee and tea break (15h30 – 15h45) 

15:45 – 16:30 And now, what comes next? Inputs for the next EU Disability Strategy and Programming Period 

Lessons learned recommendations and commitments to reinforce the European Disability Strategy’s external dimension 

Discussion with the audience facilitated by Alessia Rogai 

End of the seminar (16h30)