This 2018 report is related to two projects implemented by Handicap International and partners in Myanmar. The first is entitled: “Empowering persons with disabilities to contribute to equal access to basic social services and local policy-making processes in under-resourced areas of Ayeyawady and Mandalay”, and funded by the European Union.
The second is “Advocacy for Change: Fostering protection and rights of men and women with disabilities in Myanmar” and funded by Canadian Funding for Local Initiatives (CFLI).
In 2015, Handicap International HI began the project: “Empowering persons with disabilities to contribute to equal access to basic social services and local policy-making processes in under-resourced areas of Ayeyarwady and Mandalay”.
The project supported Disabled Peoples Organizations and other civil society groups to participate in the development of inclusive regional policies and programmes, and to promote good practices contributing to greater access to services for persons with disabilities. An aim was also to document, publish and disseminate these good practices throughout Myanmar, increasing awareness and understanding in order to sensitise people to disability inclusion and influence policy change.
Through the “Making it Work” methodology, it was possible to identify some promising good practices for persons with disabilities living in Myanmar. Specifically, this report provided seven case studies encompassing the areas of education, livelihood, community and political life. Each one of them has illustrated the important collaboration of various stakeholders from civil society, as well as the public and private sectors, working together with Disabled Peoples Organizations.
These seven documented good practices show effective and innovative local actions that have improved inclusion and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities by improving their access to services and inclusion in the community. The challenge now is to build on or scale-up these examples, by establishing how similar initiatives could be replicated by other communities in the linguistically, ethnically, culturally and geographically diverse landscape that is Myanmar.
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