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Identifying disability issues related to poverty reduction : Sri Lanka country study


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This country report describes the situation of disabled people in Sri Lanka. It gives an overview about the country, reviews the legislation, describes disability organisations and development agencies and lays out the results of a participatory programme. In addition to this, the report analyses the connections between disability and poverty by reviewing the current programmes and showing the gaps. The recommendations of the report urge to pay special attention to activities in the fields of inclusion, participation, access and quality

"We like the thinking" : theatre for development training and coaching

December 2004

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This evaluation report presents the method for theatre development training and coaching as demonstrated in the Village Development Programme in the Savannakhet Province. The report examines the programme and presents lessons learned and recommendations about its application Village
Development Programme Evaluation
Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR
9 August - 8 September 2004

External evaluation of the community based rehabilitation program (CBR) in Jarash Camp, Amman, Jordan

YASSIR, Samar Al
November 2004

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This in an evaluation of a CBR project started in 1988 in a refugee camp. The general objective of the project is "to reach the biggest number of disabled persons in need of rehabilitation, and that an increased number of disabled persons live independently and are integrated in the society." Strategies include developing capabilities of disabled persons through the services offered by the Community Rehabilitation Centre, mobilization of local resources and awareness raising and advocacy.The evaluators found that the project urgently needs to include PWDs in the running of the project and to adopt a long-term strategy developing PWDs integration and economic autonomy. It also recommends a need for organizational change, improved monitoring and evaluation, staff motivation, and management and planning

Effective HIV/AIDS and reproductive health information to people with disabilities

MVULA, Peter
ALI, Sandra
October 2004

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This study explores the sexual and reproductive health needs and experiences of people with disabilities, as well as perceptions about HIV and AIDS and disability. The purpose is to address the accessibility of health communication for people with different impairments. This study would be useful for anyone with an interest in HIV and AIDS and disability

Buenas practicas en la respuesta peruana al VIH y sida

September 2004

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This study describes some key projects and interventions conducted in Peru in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The purpose is to identify good practices and learn from successful experiences. The first part of this document discusses the concept of good practice looking at advocacy, promotion and prevention, public awareness raising. The second part outlines the methodology adopted in this study. Part 3 details the objectives and activities of thirty projects and part 4 summarises the lessons learned

Clinical management of rape survivors : developing protocols for use with refugees and internally displaced persons

June 2004

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"This guide describes best practices for clinical management of people who have been raped in emergency situations. It is intended for adaptation to each situation, taking into account national policies and practices, and availability of materials and drugs. This guide is intended for use by qualified health-care providers in developing protocols for the management of rape survivors in emergencies, taking into account available resources, materials, and drugs, and national policies and procedures. It can also be used in planning health-care services and training health-care providers. The document includes detailed guidance on the clinical management of women, men and children who have been raped"

Convention document legal analysis : a legal commentary on the draft convention text produced by the working group for the UN Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dign


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The legal analysis of the draft convention text Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities is an exellent document explaining and commenting on the convention text. This document addresses both legal experts and people who need legal background information about the convention

Beyond de-institutionalisation : the unsteady transition towards an enabling system in South East Europe

AXELSSON, Charlotte

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This report from the Disability Monitor Initiative for South East Europe addresses the unsteady transition within the Balkan countries toward a system that enables and empowers disabled people at all levels. For this region this transition means moving forward with the process of de-institutionalisation and promoting community based services and independent living facilities.
Only through the sharing of information and a mutual learning process between all stakeholders and countries, can the goal of an inclusive society be achieved. This report gives an overview about all the affected fields and gives stakeholders as well as NGOs from other countries a good insight into how these processes can work

Disablism : how to tackle the last prejudice

PARKER, Sophia

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This paper starts from the lived experiences of disabled people. Based on a series of interviews with disabled individuals and representatives of government departments and disability organisations, it argues that the current legislation-dominated approach to bringing about positive social change is only a start on the journey to eradicating the subtle but sometimes life-destroying impact of disablism

CEDAW made easy : question & answer booklet


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This booklet gives a snapshot view of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It aims to raise awareness of the rights to which women are entitled under CEDAW so that the convention can be used to bring about concrete improvements in the lives of women. It is intended as a resource for women’s human rights advocates, government officials, students, teachers, practitioners and anyone who wants to know more about women’s rights

Inclusive security, sustainable peace : a toolkit for advocacy and action


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This toolkit, is intended to enable women to engage in peacebuilding and security processes, and can be used as a reference guide, for training and awareness-raising; or to enhance understanding of Security Council Resolution 1325 and other relevant international agreements, instruments and institutions. It has sections on: the broad conceptual framework of peace, accountability and rights; key international policies and legal mechanisms; and human rights, and there are chapters on: conflict prevention, resolution and reconstruction; security issues; justice, governance and civil society; and protecting vulnerable groups

Ageways 64 : ageing and disability

January 2004

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"This issue highlights the way that society discriminates against people who are old and disabled (focusing mainly on physical disabilities; issue 65 will look at mental health). It suggests how older and disabled people’s organisations can work together to raise awareness of the needs, rights and potential of disabled older people, and it looks at some practical ways to improve the opportunities for disabled older people to participate in society"
Ageways Issue 64

Road safety and health


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This report from the World Health Assembly recognises that road traffic injuries are a public health problem and advocates for prevention initiatives on road safety and health. It highlights 13 recommendations for member states and eight requests to the Director-General. This paper is useful to those interested in road traffic injuries and road safety
World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland
17-22 May 2004

Inter-agency guiding principles on unaccompanied and separated children

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January 2004

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This publication outlines the guiding principles which form the basis for action when children are unaccompanied, become separated from their families or other adults who they know, or are orphaned in disaster situations, armed conflicts or other crises. The guiding principles are intended primarily for national, international and non-governmental organizations and other associations concerned with separated children. They are also designed to assist governments and donors in meeting their obligations and taking funding decisions

Young people we care! : a book of ideas for young people supporting each other in their communities

September 2003

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This book is designed to help groups of young people support either younger children or their peers who are living in communities and households affected by AIDS. It can also be used by home-based care organisations that want to involve young people in their home-based care activities. Written for a facilitator or young person with a good knowledge of HIV/AIDS and facilitation experience, it aims to prepare a group of young people to implement the community activities. It includes participatory activities to help young people think through a number of topics. The community activities section is written for young people and suggests ways to help support other young people and children in the community

Inclusive education training in Cambodia : in-service teacher training on disability and special needs issues for primary school teachers

July 2003

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These materials are an in-service teaching training course for mainstream primary school teachers. They cover types of disability, disabled children's rights and advice on how to include disabled children in the classroom. This course is based on the UNESCO ‘Children with Special Needs Teacher Education Resource Pack’, and materials developed by the Spastic’s Society of Tamil Nadu in India, Voluntary Service Overseas and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, which have been simplified and adapted. While prepared for use in Cambodia, this resource offers useful, easy to adapt materials to other contexts

Orphans and vulnerable children in India : understanding the context and the response

ANASTASI, Marie-Christine
June 2003

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A report from a meeting for exchange and learning between organisations working with orphans and vulnerable children in India, looking community responses to working with this group. The experience of Plan International, Palmyrah Workers Development Society and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance was presented to the meeting. Specific responses to working with orphans and vulnerable children discussed in the report include lessons from a child participatory approach, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and the development of community action

Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons : guidelines for prevention and response

May 2003

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"These Guidelines are intended to be used by the staff of UNHCR, UN agencies, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations and host government agencies who provide protection and assistance to refugees and persons of concern to UNHCR. They are also intended to guide activities initiated by refugee communities themselves to prevent and address the problem. They examine the root causes of and factors contributing to sexual and gender-based violence and suggest practical actions to be taken to help prevent and respond to this kind of violence"

International consultation on reviewing community-based rehabilitation (CBR) organized by WHO : in collaboration with UN organisations, NGOs and DPOs hosted by the government of Finland Helsinki 25-28 May 2003, Theme Paper

May 2003

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The conference was held to review the experiences of 20 years of CBR and evaluate the impact of the approach in order to provide a direction for the development of CBR in the new millennium

Disability and social responses in some Southern African nations : Angola, Botswana, Burundi, D.R. Congo (ex Zaire), Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. A bibliography, with introduction and some historical items

January 2003

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(From introducton) This bibliography, currently with approx. 1400 items, began in 1996 with a focus on the development of non-medical services concerned with mental retardation (mental handicap, learning difficulties, intellectual impairment) in Zambia. The development of services for people with other disabilities, and for children, and childrearing and language use, and then developments in neighbouring countries, soon began to be added. Then the weight of the new material outgrew the initial focus. Some biomedical papers have been added for their social contents or where a community-based or health education program concerned with biomedical conditions seems relevant to the development of disability awareness in communities. Newspaper and magazine-type articles have mostly been omitted. Available to download from the CIRRIE website