Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

IDA and IDDC work in partnership to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and realize the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to ensure that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Implementation methodologies

In particular, the partnership engages in the following broad programmatic activities:capacity building of organizations of persons with disabilities in the global South, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, monitoring and implementation of the CRPD (with particular focus on global South countries), data collection and disaggregation for persons with disabilities, humanitarian preparation and response, disaster risk reduction and gender equality. Further, the partnership is the cornerstone of civil society representation within the following UN programmes: the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNPRPD) (both organizations are members of the policy board and management committee); the Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG) (both networks are members); the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network, which is a coordination mechanismto enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in international development and humanitarian action; both networks are involved in the establishment and coordination of the Civil Society Coordination Mechanisms for the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD and the High-level Political Forum providing opportunities for organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to engage in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is an intensive training programme that aims to support DPO and disability rights advocates to develop an inclusive (all persons with disabilities) and comprehensive (all human rights) CRPD perspective on development, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to reinforce their advocacy for inclusion and realization of rights of persons with disabilities. BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is a joint initiative by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), and is supported by the Disability Rights Fund (DRF). BRIDGE CRPD-SDG was devised to respond to increasing demands for trainings on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and inclusive development, and how these link to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. It is a coordinated training investment, drawing from the resources and experiences of the IDA and IDDC networks and their members.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Overall, the partnership is defined within a memorandum of understanding. Each of the networks is governed by a transparent, democratic and representative board of directors. Specificjoint governance mechanisms are put in place to implement projects and activities, e.g. an annual capacity building project targeting more than 100 persons with disabilities from the global South. Additional modalities of partnership include inter alia: annual meetings with representatives from both boards, regular monthly working meetings between the Executive Director and the Chair of both networks.


African Disability Forum, Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities, ASEAN Disability Forum, DSI, EDF, Inclusion International, IFSBH, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of Deafblind, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, RIADIS, Pacific Disability Forum, AbleChildAfrica, ADD International, AIFO, Atlas Alliance, BEZEV, CBM, Disability Partnership Finland, DPOD, DCDD, EU-CORD, FAIRMED, Handicap International, HelpAge, IAPB, International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations, II, Kentalis International Foundation, Leonard Cheshire Disability, TLM, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, Liliane Fonds, Motivation, MyRight, NDCS, Netherlands Leprosy Relief, NAD, OVCI, Plan International, Sense International, Sightsavers
December 2016
The BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training was delivered to a gender-balanced group of 101 disability activists from all constituencies, including persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with deaf-blindness, from 37 countries.
December 2016
Three hundred and sixty people participated in online IDA-IDDC self-taught training modules and webinars in English, Spanish, French on the basics of the CRPD and inclusive SDGs, their implementation and monitoring.
May 2016
An official United Nations joint submission on the status of the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the SDGs was made and endorsed by 370 national, regional and international organizations.
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 1
1.1 - By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
1.3 - Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
1.4 - By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
1.5 - By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters
Goal 2
2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
Goal 3
3.3 - By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
3.8 - Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
Goal 4
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.2 - Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
5.c - Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
Goal 8
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
Goal 9
9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
9.4 - By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
9.a - Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
Goal 10
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Goal 11
11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.5 - By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.b - By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
13.b - Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international,
intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
Goal 16
16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
Goal 17
17.18 - By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
IDA and IDDC jointly develop resources to support DPOs in their work to implement the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level. The 2030 Agenda guide and toolkit.
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff with technical expertise carry out advocacy and capacity building
Other, please specify
The BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training presentation
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Location: New York City, USA
Date of completion: Ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Elizabeth Lockwood,

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