Event date: 

23 May 2018 to 31 May 2018

Event location: 

Training online platform GoToWebinar

Bridging the Gap II (BtG-II) is an initiative funded by the European Union coordinated by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) in partnership with the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). The project aims to contribute to the socio-economic inclusion, equality and nondiscrimination of persons with disabilities through more inclusive and accountable institutions and policies. BtG-II supports the mainstreaming of disability in international cooperation and the efforts of five partner countries (Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Sudan) in planning and implementing inclusive public policies and services. 

In this framework, BtG-II’s organises a webinar-based training cycle to gradually explore different aspects of the inclusion of persons with disability in  development cooperation. 

The third training session will focus on the topic: Disability-Inclusive Development: International donors’ strategies and approaches on the inclusion of persons with disability in development cooperation.

According to the United Nations, “Disability-inclusive development means that all stages of development processes are inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities”[1]. It requires that all persons be afforded equal access to education, health care services, work and employment, and social protection, among others.

Attitudinal and environmental barriers to participation have profound social, economic and cultural effects on persons with disabilities, resulting in exclusion and creating often insurmountable obstacles in relation to health services, education and employment.

This session explores the links between disability and development and the role of international cooperation in promoting approaches to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

What is this session about?

  • Reviewing the provisions on disability-inclusive development and international cooperation detailed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
  • Providing suggestions for practical strategies for ensuring that all aspects of national and international development efforts are inclusive of persons with disabilities;
  • Presenting examples on how different forms of international cooperation can support the implementation of the CRPD in developing countries.


The webinar will be conducted in English, French and Spanish in separate sessions:

  • English Session - To register please click here.

24th May 2018 at 2:00pm CET (Brussels time)

Ola Abu Alghaib, IDDC Board and BtG-II Steering Committee member

31st May 2018 at 4:00pm CET (Brussels time)

Adriana Casati, Programme Officer, USAID Paraguay

  • French Session - To register please click here

23rd May 2018 at 2:30pm CET (Brussels time)

Cécile Grosjean, Programme Officer, DG DEVCO European Commission

All documents are available in English, French and Spanish and you find the syntetics concept notes hereunder: