From 28 September to 5 October 2017, sixteen trainees including leaders with disabilities from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America took part in the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of Trainers Modules B in Brighton. The trainees who took part are all involved in national and regional advocacy as well as in the delivery of BRIDGE CRPD-SDG. Colleagues from IDDC members were among the experts and partners invited to attend some sessions of this eight-day training of trainers.
The training was organised by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), with strong support from Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, in the framework of the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training Initiative.
The training covered issues related to public policy and governance for Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and inclusive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also covered national data collection, public budget, budgetary advocacy, legal harmonisation and the use of UN accountable mechanisms with two focus sessions on poverty and social protection. Trainees were also exposed to the importance of inclusive facilitation.
Trainees reported on the strength of the Training of Trainers as a safe space to 'reflect on the work of the disability movement’, and its value in 'relieving stress so that leaders with disabilities no longer feel alone in advocacy'.