Month: January 2015

What is the social model of disability?

We use the terms “disabled person” or “disabled child” in recognition of the social model of disability’s primary tenet that an individual is disabled by societal barriers, such as inaccessible buildings, non-supportive legislation or discriminatory attitudes. This belief informs our selection of Partners and projects; we aim to have an impact upon all facets of […]

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What do you mean by ‘children’?

AbleChildAfrica uses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework and therefore views ‘children’ as those under the age of 18. We will also typically use the national definition of ‘youth’ adopted by our partner countries.

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Why do you use the terminology ‘disabled children’?

We recognise the complexities and ongoing debate surrounding terminology regarding disability. As an international organisation primarily working outside the UK we recognise person-first terminology (children with disabilities) is preferred by our Partners in Africa and accepted internationally in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). However, as an organisation based in […]

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What do you mean by ‘quality’ programmes?

The quality of change we bring about is just as important if not more important to us than the quantity. To be of high quality we feel programmes for disabled children should be: Inclusive Rights-based Scalable and/or replicable Relevant (grounded in local context) Evidence-based/effective Equitable Convenient for users Child and family centred Affordable Efficient

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What do you mean by a ‘Rights Based Approach’?

Rights-based approach to development is about empowering people to know and claim their rights and simultaneously strengthening the capacity of duty bearers (institutions who are responsible for fulfilling and protecting those rights).

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Do you focus on particular thematic areas (such as health or education) over others?

No, but as a rights based organisation we take particular account of thematic areas where the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child overlap – including important issues such as education, health and social inclusion. We do not require our partners to focus on particular thematic areas, instead choosing to […]

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Do you focus on a particular impairment or disability?

No. We feel that many of the challenges disabled children and their families, particularly when they are young, cut across the particular impairment of the child. We do of course recognise that each child is unique and that their particular impairment or condition will almost certainly impact upon the services they need. Where needed we […]

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How do you select which partners to work with?

We always only work with dedicated local actors on the ground and, while the need is great across much of Sub Saharan Africa, we identify organisations and leaders who want to work towards supporting disabled children and their families with our help and long after we have gone – so it is not just the […]

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How are you funded?

During our last strategic period AbleChildAfrica received the majority of its funding from grant making bodies such as trusts, foundations, and institutional donors. The remaining funding came from companies, public fundraiins activities and individual donors. A list of donors is available in the Reports and Accounts section.

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How do I make a complaint?

AbleChildAfrica is committed to delivering a high standard of communication and service to anyone who engages with our work. We are keen to hear from anyone who believes we have fallen short of the high standard set for ourselves. Follow the information click on the following link ‘Making a Complaint’ as it will guide you through AbleChildAfrica’s complaints arrangements, as […]

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