Southern Africa Federation on the Disabled (SAFOD)

The Southern African Federation of the Disabled is a non-governmental human rights organisation. It was founded in 1986 by disabled people for disabled people. It is umbrella organisation for the national Disabled Peoples’ Organisation in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

In SAFOD and all its national member organisations, disabled people must be on the forefront of their own development. “Nothing about us without us”. SAFOD supports and encourages the formation of disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs) and strengthens the existing ones.

SAFOD is the regional representative of Southern Africa to the world-wide movement of people with disabilities. Disabled Peoples’  International (DP I).

Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin

In analysing Global Health the Centre for Global Health addresses health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries, and is informed by the circumstances and experiences of countries in different contexts.

Their underlying assumption is that the world’s health problems are shared and are best tackled by the cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solutions. Our strategy is to build strong collaborative links with universities in high-income countries who have already well-established reputations in international health, as well as universities in the South and East who have developed significant expertise in global health research and are well-respected within their own countries.East who have developed significant expertise in global health research and are well-respected within their own countries.

African Decade

The mandate of the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities is to facilitate the implementation of the Continental Plan of Action by governments, disabilities and non-governmental organisations.

The mission of the Secretariat is to empower government, Decade Steering Committees, Disabled Person’s Organisations and development organisations to work in partnership to included disability and persons with disabilities into policies and program in all sectors of society in Africa.

Their work is especially focused on capacity building, advocacy and lobbing and awareness raising. The Secretariat has five key programmes: HIV/AIDS, Youth and Children, Gender, Law Policy and Livelihood Opportunities and PRSP.

Disabled People South Africa (DPSA)

Was formed in 1984 by people with disabilities as a body to represent themselves. DPSA is a democratic cross-disability body made up of member organisation of disabled people in South Africa. DPSA is recognized as the National Assemble of people with disabilities by Disabled People International [DPI], which has observer status at the UN.

DPSA’s mission is to be effective and efficient democratic national assembly of all people with disabilities which mobilises people with disabilities to advocate for their rights, for the attainment of equal opportunity in an integrated social, political and economic environment.

Western Cape Network on Disability

The Network is a non-governmental body consisting of organizations of and for people with disabilities. It is committed to the promotion of equal rights and equal opportunities for all people with disabilities in the Province of the Western Cape.


Centre of Knowledge (DeafNET) is a network of knowledge and expertise in the interest of people in Africa who experience hearing loss and related communication barriers.

DeafNET is an international organisation that operates on the African continent and adjacent Indian Ocean Islands, and is registered in South Africa as a Charitable Trust, Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation.

Its main objectives are the particularizing, exchange and dissemination of knowledge, expertise and skills in order to empower all persons with hearing loss and related communication barriers on the African continent to achieve their full potential.

These objectives are achieved among others by facilitating and promoting education, development, training, social services, and spiritual and mental well-being to such persons.

NID – National Institute for the Deaf

 NID serves persons with hearing loss from all across South Africa and Africa. Our beneficiaries are unique individuals with varying cultural and social backgrounds.

Persons with hearing loss are a diverse group with the following distinct groups:

Pre-lingual (before acquisition of language: These persons see themselves mainly as a linguistic and cultural minority group. They use the capital letter D to indicate Deaf, referring to persons whose primary communication medium is Sign Language and who feel at home in a Deaf culture.

Post-lingual (after acquisition of language): Persons who experience different degrees of hearing loss later in life. Deaf-blind: Persons with both sight disability and hearing loss. Deaf-blindness is seen as a disability separate form deafness and blindness.

They are served by an exceptional team of specialised training, care and operational staff members. These people have a passion for helping each of the beneficiaries unlock their full potential and live a life of abundance.

Disabled children’s action group (DICAG) South Africa

DICAG was established in 1993 by the parents of disabled children. One of our main aims is to empower ourselves to educate our children in an inclusive environment.

DICAG was initially affiliated to Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), the national disabled people’s umbrella organization, but is now an independent organization. DICAG has 311 support centres, 15,000 parent members and 10,000 children actively involved. DICAG is a campaigning organization, which helps to raise the level of awareness of disability and which challenges stereotypes and perceptions of disabled people in South Africa. DICAG aims to ensure equal opportunities for disabled children, especially in education.


Is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Over the last 60 years, they have created value and innovation through knowledge generation

Washington University

The UW is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Their impact on individuals, in the region and the world is profound — whether they are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2015 rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. The turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world. For more about our impact, visit there news site, UW Today.

So what defines their students, faculty and community members? Above all, it’s their belief in possibility and their unshakable optimism. It’s a connection to others near and far. It’s a hunger that pushes them to tackle challenges and pursue progress. It’s the conviction that together they can create a world of good. Join them on the journey.


CBM strives to remove the barriers that marginalize people with disabilities in the most disadvantaged societies in the world. It does this by working with partner organizations in these regions, by influencing policy at all levels and by responding to emergencies and natural disasters

CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.