SAFOD presented preliminary results of the Capacity Assessment of DPOs in Southern and Eastern Africa at a workshop organized by the Africa Child Policy Forum (ACPF) in partnership with Africa Disability Forum (ADF) and Wets Africa Federation of the Disabled (WAFOD), held at Niamey, Niger, from 26th to 27th November 2015.
The regional workshop aimed, among others, to encourage the uptake of the evidence around child protection, with a particular focus on the protection challenges facing children with disabilities and the corresponding responses and generate multi-stakeholder consensus towards action, including on better ways of mainstreaming the rights of CWDs within the DPO agenda.
During the workshop, ACPF also launched the African Knowledge and Learning Platform on Children with Disabilities, which will serve as a knowledge and information sharing platform amongst like-minded organizations on children with disabilities in Africa.
The main objective of the workshop was to present robust evidence towards accelerating regional and national efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children with disabilities. It also drew attention and created visibility to the nature and scope of the problem of violence against children with disabilities in Africa by presenting empirical evidence contained in the African Report on Violence against Children and the African Report in Children with Disabilities: Promising Start and Persisting Challenges. An in-depth analysis of the workshop objectives, goals, and structure can be accessed on the ACPF website here; or by downloading their Concept Note here.
SAFOD was engaged by ACPF to conduct the DPOs’ assessment in Southern and Eastern African sub-regions with a view of informing ACPF and ADF in their efforts of strengthening the formulation and implementation of relevant policies for children with disabilities in Africa.
During the presentation of the preliminary (unofficial) findings at the workshop, Mr George Kayange, SAFOD’s Programs Manager who was lead researcher for Southern and Eastern Africa sub-regions, indicated that while there were a lot of DPOs doing quite praiseworthy work on the ground, a lot also needed to be done to ensure that they not only remained strategically focused but were also able to formulate, understand, articulate and re-align their own mission, vision and mandates with the work that they actually do on the ground.
It was also found that most of the DPOs at all levels – national, sub-regional and continental – were still grappling with issues of sustainability and resource mobilization. Both skilled and non-skilled staff were not adequate to effectively carry out programs and activities of the organisations in the their respective DPOs.
To read a full analysis of the findings, including recommendations, look out for the final report on this blog soon. A link to the full report on the ACPF’s website will also be provided.