Annual Update 2022 VNG International
Development of Action Plans for the inclusion of people with disabilities, during the participatory budgeting process in DRC in February 2022, with representatives of the national ministry, provincial ministry, civil society and chiefdoms.
Mapping exercise of people with a disability in Arua City and Terego Districts, Uganda in January 2022.
‘Because of the support of We are Able! we managed to get a project accepted in the budget by the chiefdom that targets people with a disability’.
Civil Society Representative in Buloho, DRC, after a participative budgeting meeting facilitated by VNG International
‘For the first time, we now know the actual number and disability types for three sub-counties of the district, which will help resource allocation for people with a disability and further lobbying with like-minded partners. We will now apply this approach to the whole district, for better planning and service delivery.’
Mr. Rashid Khalili Azabo,
the District Planner, Yumbe District Local Government, Uganda
improving Access to Basic Services
by strengthening democratic local government
Improving Access to Basic Services
We are Able!
In 2021 the implementation of the project ‘We are Able!’ started. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project will run from 2021 to 2025 and is implemented by a consortium existing of VNG International, The Hague Academy for Local Governance, the Leprosy Mission, SeeYou Foundation, African Disability Forum and ZOA as the lead partner. The aim of this programme is to empower people with disabilities to the extent that they are successfully influencing laws, policies, practices and norms through engagement with public authorities to improve food security for all. The project runs in six countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Jointly with the Hague Academy for Local governance, VNG International is responsible for the implementation of outcome 3: ‘Local authorities are actively engaging with CSOs/OPDs to develop laws and practices and set norms for inclusive governance’
2021 was the first year of implementation of We are Able!. Despite challenges due to the COVID pandemic and fragile contexts in several programme countries, the first year of the programme has already marked several achievements.