Merry Xmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beginning today, our office will remain closed until the 7th of January, 2019 for the Christmas and new year holidays. Thanks to everyone for the support you have rendered so far.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year from the AIFO-LIBERIA family!!!!

We’re excited to announce the launch of the electronic version of the Disability and Start Up Project (DASU) Newsletter”.

The newsletter which is our maiden edition covers the period July-December, 2018.  It is dedicated to sharing progress, success stories of beneficiaries, and an informed commentary all intended to better the lives of people with disabilities in Liberia. The newsletter is also part of AIFO’s effort to highlight best practices working with people with disabilities and the meaningful work of the project actors in the concerned project areas.

we are keen to respond to the interests of our readers and look forward to your feedbacks, comments and suggestions on subsequent editions using the contact address at:  aifoliberia@gmail.com

Many thanks to all those who helped to make this edition a success.

Please follow this link to access the newsletter: DASU Newsletter 2018_Maiden Edition

 

Watch out for another exciting edition coming up in March, 2019!

 

Happy festive seasons!

December 3rd, 2018

 

 

we are pleased to announce the launch of a ground-breaking report that articulates the capacity building needs of some Disabled People Organizations in Liberia.

This report is titled “Diagnostic Study on Disabled Peoples’ Organisations and National Union of Organisations of the Disabled”.

The report outlines the desk review process, case studies and a workshop using persons with disabilities to set scenarios for a deliberative process thereby capturing the changing views of people with disabilities as they examine a broad range of capacity building options for self-advancement. The suggestions from persons with disabilities are vibrant to ensure a rapid change in the organisational management of various disabled people organisations across Liberia.

The report is an initiative of the Disability and Startup project (DASU) funded by the Italian Agency for development Cooperation (AICS) which is currently being implemented in Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Monrovia respectively. We are thankful to Dr. Sunil Deepak, Technical Consultant at AIFO for the compilation of this report. Special thanks also goes to NUOD, NCD and the project’s registered DPOs for the support.

Please find below two versions of the report: An Easy to Read version as well as the Full Report. Wish you a good read and thanks to everyone for the support in making this report a reality.

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If you have any inquiry or recommendations, we would be grateful to receive your input; please write to  aifoliberia@gmail.com

 

December 3rd, 2018

Distinguished representatives of the Government and diplomatic missions, Esteemed officials and staff of NUOD, NCD and Disabled People Organizations, Fellow colleagues from the Development Community and Intergovernmental organizations, Members of the Media, Persons with Disabilities, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for giving me the chance to speak with you today.

It is a great honor for me to address you on this important occasion to mark world disability day 2018.

Today is the 26th celebration recurring every year on December 3rd, of the International Day of People with Disabilities. Today, all over the world, Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Disabled People Organizations come together to celebrate abilities of people with disabilities. For the past 26th years, the celebration of this day has been an important tool in promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

The special occasion is important because it’s when all participants are required to jointly define the prospective of people with disabilities in the coming year. So, I’m very pleased that today, is the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, the National Commission on Disability and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled who are bringing us here to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the national motto ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’.

The national motto echoes this year’s global theme which is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development goals that are envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, pledging to “leave no one behind”. It is critical, therefore, to ensure the full and equitable participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and to create environments which enable such participation.

It is in this regard that the Liberian National Motto of ‘’Creating a Level Playing Field for the Empowerment of PWDs’’ goes beyond the global theme, by focusing its attention on the need of “creating equitable opportunities” for Persons with Disabilities; to articulate, claim, act upon and enjoy the rights they are entitled to. Creating equitable opportunities, or a Level Playing Field, talks of an equitable society; a society which gives people what they need to enjoy full, participative, contributing and healthy lives. Equity, as opposed to equality, recognize that not everyone in society starts from the same place, as well as that peoples’ needs are different. This will be the flavour of my speech today.

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