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 disability within Africa by working with and through local organisations and to have an additional independent impact on breaking down institutional and attitudinal barriers at regional and international levels.
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.
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 the UK we have chosen to support and advance the UK Disability movement and their stated preference of using the terms ‘disabled persons’ or ‘disabled child’ in recognition of the social model’s primary tenet that an individual is disabled by societal barriers.
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:
- Scalable and/or replicable
- Relevant (grounded in local context)
- Convenient for users
- Child and family centred
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).
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 value local voices and listening to the stated priorities of our colleagues on the ground.
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 will call upon the expertise of individuals (including our own consultants pool) or organisations that do specialise on a particular impairment.
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 location but the local actors that matter.
As a small organisation we know all too well the value of every penny. With limited capacity we are extremely careful when selecting projects to invest our time and resources in. And when we do, we ensure they are built on close working relationships, regular communication and mutual respect and transparency.
We are open to partnerships across Sub-Saharan Africa without prejudice to a particular region. Before taking on a new partnership, we extensively research the local context as well as the need and existing resources within the country.
A new partnership model will be available on our website soon.
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.
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 well as how to escalate a complaint to the relevant regulator, such as the Charity Commission or Fundraising Regulator.