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Making It Work

Making it Work is a new global initiative to promote implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Making it Work is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative engaging partners from disability, human rights and development organizations across the world to: identify and exchange good practices on key disability issues; generate evidence to improve the knowledge of practitioners and decision-makers; and inspire actions that create sustainable social and political change.

The development and dissemination of good practices, lessons learned, and sources of expertise, will assist all actors in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the local, national and international levels”
“Mainstreaming disability in the development agenda”; United Nations Economic & Social Council, 2007.

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Making it Work takes a unique and innovative approach to effect social change and political change on disability issues: Instead of focusing on human rights violations and what is not working, Making it Work shifts stakeholders’ attention to what does work and how it can be replicated or ‘scaled up’. This approach is particularly effective in countries where there are limited resources.

Making it Work promotes a bottom-up approach to inclusive development, where civil society actors and agencies working at field level (including Disabled People’s Organizations) have the opportunity to influence local and national development frameworks and communicate constructive recommendations to decision-makers.

New report - Good practices for inclusive local governance in West Africa
In West Africa, 7 countries have taken part in an initiative called “Rights in Action”, aimed at collecting good practices from multiple stakeholders on how to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This initiative uses the “Making it Work” methodology and is available to download here.

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