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Nothing about us without us: Strengthening the role and capabilities of Disable People Organizations (DPOs)




Aid type

Project type interventions




€ 1,745,191
€ 471,011


The action aims to promote the rights of persons with disabilities (PwD) through the empowerment of the disabled people organizations (DPOs) obtained thanks to a profound capacity building intervention that reinforces the PwDs skills and capabilities. The project also provides opportunities for job placement for PwDs (and especially women with disabilities WwDs), facilities for the access to inclusive education for children with disabilities (CwDs) and the innovative figure of the peer counselor. Everything is achieved through the direct involvement of the PwDs that in this sense are the true protagonists of their own path of empowerment and emancipation. The intervention strategy aims to strengthen the skills and capabilities of local DPOs in the following areas: data collection and assessment capacity, fundraising capacity, planning and management of interventions, ability to provide concrete tools to PwDs for the promotion of their rights, in particular with respect to the right to education and work, the ability to lobby and advocate. In this way, the action intends to strengthen in a structured way the skills necessary for local DPOs to increase their effectiveness and impact and to strengthen their role as representatives of the PwDs in Palestine. To this end, the proposed activities include a strong networking component that will allow DPOs to establish dialogue relations with key stakeholders and key players in the change process, such as public institutions, the private sector, local and international organizations, using the twin track approach. The elaboration of an operational strategic plan on disability will provide DPOs with an opportunity to outline the agenda of disability interventions in Palestine with a bottom up and participatory approach that allows an adequate consideration of the needs expressed directly by the PwDs. In addition, peer counseling and job counseling will be implemented with a peer counseling approach within the DPOs. These activities, in addition to promoting the empowerment and self-esteem of beneficiaries (PwDs and WwDs), will strengthen the role of the DPOs as they will be able to provide concrete and tangible support to PwDs in obtaining their rights in particular regarding the right to work and the right to education. Finally, the planned lobbying and advocacy activities will ensure the recognition of the DPOs also by the other stakeholders and key actors involved, and will foster their coordination with other local DPOs and an effective mainstreaming of disability. read more close


Type Name
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development

Channel reported

Type Name
Year Committed Used
2019 € 1,745,191 € 471,011

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-011869-01-2
  • Expected start date 2019/09/01
  • Completion date 2019/09/11
  • Sector Human rights
  • Finance type Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Aid to Environment not targeted
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) significant objective