LIGHT FOR THE WORLD supports a multi stakeholder project in Burkina Faso to promote and to watch over the implementation of the UN-Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Seven independent Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs), the National Federation of DPOs and four International NGOs, including LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, joined forces to play an active and effective role in holding the government accountable. The DPOs formed an Advocacy Group (CAP) that watches over the developments and continues to push for concrete and structural implementation, while the NGOs provide technical and financial support. The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Human Rights welcomed the initiative, and gave their full collaboration for a conference with all ministries, relevant civil society organisations, DPOs and international NGOs on the implementation of the UN CRPD. Recently LIGHT FOR THE WORLD supported an exchange with an international Human Rights expert to identify options for advocacy and to establish the best mechanism for Burkina Faso to monitor the implementation of the UN CRPD.
This process offers learning in building coalitions and effective partnerships to monitor implementation of the UN CRPD. The spirit to push the agenda, together with respect for each other’s role, has been outstanding. If the necessary resources are provided, Burkina Faso can become a model, for (French-speaking) sub-Saharan Africa, for the effective implementation of the UN CRPD, built on the strengths and potential of all the actors involved.