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French Agency for Development (AFD)

logo afdThe French Agency for Development (AFD) applies an environmental and social risk management policy to all financed operations: classical projects, co-financed and financial intermediation projects.1

The Department for social and environmental support (CAES) assesses social and environmental risks before any decision to finance a project, and from the processing stage to the ex post evaluation. The department is also involved in the monitoring of mitigation, reduction or compensation measures. The respect of human rights and equity for underprivileged and excluded social groups are at the heart of this policy.

To support the project teams during negotiations in the assessment, writing and monitoring stages of a project, AFD established a partnership with Handicap International to promote inclusive development in its projects.

The training materials included in this cd-rom aim to facilitate the understanding of what disability is and what the rights of people with disabilities are.

It also includes elements on how to advocate anti-discrimination policy and convince development partners of the need to combat discrimination and to raise barriers to the inclusion of issues such as disability, gender, environment and working conditions in development programmes.

Examples of inclusive projects in the local development, micro-finance and vocational training sectors are presented, with the objective of sharing good practices and strengthening capacities to make development initiatives inclusive of, and accessible to, people with disabilities.

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Handicap International

HI logoHandicap International is an independent international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

The participation of people with disabilities and vulnerable groups in development processes is one of the priorities of Handicap International’s federal strategy for the period 2001–15. In line with the objectives of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Handicap International aims to promote development programmes that are inclusive of, and accessible to, people with disabilities.

Improving access to services for people with disabilities in all sectors, inclusive local development, ensuring accessibility and strengthening Disabled People’s Organizations are all examples of strategies deployed to achieve this goal.

In 2008 Handicap International and the French Agency for Development (AFD) signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate exchange on the topic of including disability issues in development policies and projects.

Within this framework and on the request of the Department for social and environmental support (CAES), Handicap International organized an awareness-raising day for staff of the AFD on the issue of disability and international development cooperation. As a follow-up, this cd-rom re-examines the relevant issues by incorporating recent developments.

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logo afdHI logoThe content of this cd-rom has been elaborated by Philippe CHERVIN and Priscille GEISER

Contributions : Lisa ADAMS, Ludovic BOURBE, Hervé BERNARD, Aline JOHN, Muriel MACSEING, Jonathan MAITRIAS, Hugues NOUVELLET, Stéphanie LEGOFF, Eric PLANTIER-ROYON, Hélène WILLART

Editorial support from the Knowledge Management Unit: Stéphanie DEYGAS, Michael GUY

Graphic creation and design: Webcastor

Contact :
Priscille GEISER – Technical Unit ‘Support to Civil Society’
Handicap International: pgeiser@handicap-international.org

This publication was realized with financial support from the French Agency for Development (AFD).
Please credit the source of this document appropriately.

© Handicap International
July 2012