eEsma Gumberidze
  • Participant

We in Georgia put so much effort in insisting participation of persons with disabilities in state initiated decision-making that we usually overlook the importance of advocating for more participation¬† at a donor level. While involvement in donor’s priority determination might be even more effective. Donor institutions, such as the European Union, the UN, as well as the embassies of individual countries influence the government agenda a lot. Ensuring they are more sensitive to the rights of persons with disabilities might indirectly positively affect the state’s attitude as well. I think, approaching donor institutions individually and advocating for the creation of institutional (permanent/systemic) consultation mechanisms could be effective.