In our international work, Kentalis advocates for rights in cooperation with sister organizations in the field of 'disability & development' and in specific; hearing and communication.
International Disability & Development Consortium (IDDC)
In July 2015, Kentalis International Foundation was unanimously accepted to become a member of the International Disability & Development Consortium (IDDC).
This consortium is a cooperation of 27 organizations that work with persons with disability in LMICs (Low and Middle Income Countries). Among them are organizations such as CBM, Handicap International, Light for the World and Leonard Cheshire Foundation. Kentalis is one of the three organizations involved in working with the deaf, hard of hearing and/or deafblind persons in the Global South.
The IDDC runs a small secretariat in Brussels. It has working groups on for example ‘Advocacy at the UN’, ‘Relation with the EU’, ‘Inclusive Education’, ‘CBR – Community Based Rehabilitation’, ‘Health’. Once a year they meet at a General Assembly. For the rest, information exchange and coordination is digital in order to keep costs low. Kentalis is part of the working group Inclusive education.
In its advocacy work, IDDC works very closely with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) stationed in Geneva, which represents the ‘Persons with Disability Organizations’. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Federation of the Deafblind are both members of IDA.
Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD)
Kentalis International invests in networking and advocacy, partly by being an advisory board member of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD).
Persons with disabilities are disproportionally represented among the poorest people in the world. They face discrimination, stigmatization, and lack of access to human rights. The Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD) is thriving to change this. According to DCDD poverty reduction should have a structural effect on people with disabilities in Southern countries. Unfortunately this is often not the case. A twin-track approach is, according to DCDD, the designated generic zoloft way to strengthen the position of people with disabilities in Southern countries. On the one hand, this implies that mainstream development organisations will incorporate people with disabilities in their development programmes and policies in such a way that persons with disabilities are fully included on an equal basis with others. On the other hand, this means that for some persons with disabilities specific support is needed to ensure that they are empowered to participate on an equal accutanegeneric-reviews basis with others. In other words: inclusive if possible and specific if necessary.