WID’s international program builds leadership and capacity in disabled persons organizations (DPOs) in post-conflict and developing countries to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society. WID provides training and technical assistance to DPOs to conduct effective disability advocacy, community barrier removal, and public education campaigns; develop national policies; and create networks and national coalitions. During the last decade, WID had worked in Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Georgia, Iraq, Morocco, Russia, and Uzbekistan and has provided technical assistance to disability leaders in Bhutan, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Nepal.
Though, we sometimes travel directly to the people who need our support (read about the Georgia Project), other times, we host international delegations and fellows who learn from our work here in the USA and then take information and best practices back to their home countries (read about our international fellowships).
WID also understands that publications make great resources in international efforts. WID’s most recent research publication focuses on international peace. In 2014, WID worked with staff of the United States Institute on Peace (USIP) to publish a white paper on the status of the involvement of people with disabilities in the peace building process. The paper can be found on the USIP website or in the PDF below. WID presented this white paper at a conference in San Diego in the fall of 2014 that was hosted by the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
For more information about WID’s international program, contact Kat Zigmont, WID’s Director of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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