Organisations

Light for the World

Austria

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Light for the World
Niederhofstrasse 26
1120 Vienna

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is an international disability and development organisation whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind. It strives for accessible eye care services and support inclusive education, empowering persons with disabilities to participate equally in society. It is an international organisation with Austria, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland as core members, and Belgium and the Netherlands as associate members. It has country offices in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Sudan. The programmes in 15 countries strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities, enabling them to lead a self-sustaining life and reducing systemic poverty by including persons with disabilities.

Essl Foundation

Austria

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Essl Foundation
Aufeldstrase 17-23
3400 Klosterneuburg

The Zero Project is an initiative of the Austrian Essl Foundation and organized jointly with the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre, focusing on the rights of people with disabilities globally. It provides a platform to share the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face.

Mission and vision

The Zero Project’s aim is to identify the most innovative policies and practices from around the world that improve the lives of persons with disabilities, as well as researching social indicators that measure the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. An ever-growing network of over 3,000 disability experts – with and without disabilities - in over 150 countries is involved in the process of identification and selection of the policies and practices, as well as researching social indicators.

Activities

With the website, reports and conferences, the Zero Project disseminates and promotes its research.

The annual Zero Project Report presents the practices and policies that have been selected as the most innovative in their approach to that year’s theme from the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.Those behind the innovative policies and practices present their solutions to their peers involved in the world of disabilities, including stakeholders, government ministers and other key influencers at an annual conference. They also receive an award for the incredible work they have done, helping them to raise their profile, network and to inspire others.

Foundation for Comparative Research

Austria

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Schottenfeldgasse 69
1070 Vienna

Created in 2003 to undertake comparative social science research. Focus is predominantly on policy analysis and science-policy. The main focus is on Europe and it’s neighbours with the main aim being the advancement of democracy. For its research work, the ICCR employs applied, multi-disciplinary and comparative approaches, with Europe defining the geographical scope. Based in Vienna, Austria, with a liaison office in Paris, its scope of activities covers the whole of Europe and beyond. Among it's clients are the European Commission and the Deutscher Bundestag.

Ludwig Boltzman Institute of Human Rights

Austria

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Freyung 6 (Schottenhof)
1. Hof, Stiege II
1010 Vienna

"Research work at the BIM deals with a broad range of human rights relevant topics. Based on its work since 1993 and in light of upcoming developments within the international human rights discourse the BIM focuses its expertise on the following areas:

Human Dignity and Public Security
Human Rights in Development Co-operation and Business
European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy
Anti-discrimination, Diversity and Asylum
Women’s Rights, Child Rights, Anti-Trafficking
Human Rights Education / Education for Democratic Citizenship
Digital Rights

Besides the topic-wise structured focuses current human rights questions at international, European and national level are on the institute's research agenda, specifically dealt with in events and publication projects"

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Austria

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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Schwarzenbergplatz 11
A-1040 Vienna
Austria

"The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. These agencies are set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States on a range of issues. FRA helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected."

Ground Truth Solutions

Austria

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Ground Truth Solutions works with people affected by humanitarian crises to understand how they experience the quality and effectiveness of aid provision, and to help them influence the efforts undertaken on their behalf. Our main research methodology is rooted in two traditions of inquiry: participatory development thinking, combined with the business world’s emphasis on customer satisfaction. We examine how affected people see the relevance and fairness of the support they receive, whether they know what to expect, how to seek recourse and if they feel safe. We also want to know if people feel able to take control of their lives and whether they trust and respect those providing aid.

To learn more, we discuss these issues with people in focus groups and interviews. We triangulate what people tell us with factual information collected by aid agencies as part of their regular programme monitoring. We engage with affected people regularly and systematically, to understand important trends in their views. Then we feed back findings from our work to aid providers and policymakers, aiming to increase accountability and improve programme quality. Our surveys of humanitarian workers provide additional insight for managers and donors trying to make sense of and respond to the way things look on the ground.