Betty Najjemba

Development partners need to recognize the existence of OPDs first of all, their structures, coordination mechanisms within the disability movements right from Global, regional, national to grassroots because it is through those well-coordinated OPD structures that human rights issues concerning OPDs and their members are well understood and addressed.

And it’s through those coordinated structures that different coalitions and consortium can be established, with OPDs viewed as equal in matters of partnership, decision making right from the word go. The fact is OPDs can be technical resources in leading activities, development programs (not just passive participants). Also, OPDs can and should be consulted on all issues that affect them and not just on disability related ones. We need to practice inclusion at all levels so that OPDs enjoy and exercise their human rights on an equal basis with others.