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Research and capacity building for disability inclusion

The Liliane Foundation initiated Breaking down Barriers in 2015 to enable organisations within and outside our network to enhance the effectiveness and quality of their programmes. Unlike existing knowledge, Breaking down Barriers is directly tied to the realities and agendas of Southern civil society organisations and the Liliane Foundation and presented in an actionable way. Through academic research and bringing together civil society organisations and researchers from the Netherlands, Cameroon, Sierra-Leone and Zambia we aim to offer relevant evidence and tools in the field of disability inclusive advocacy and development.

Launch of new cross-country research

The Breaking Down Barriers team is excited to announce that we are launching new cross-country research in Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Uganda. The research topic is on: Understanding Barriers to Family Planning by Using an Intersectional Lens. In each country, the country teams have selected competent and enthusiastic young researchers who will conduct the field research. Stay tuned to follow the progress of our journey in this cross-country research.

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Sharing our knowledge on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR): the role of intersectionality

What are the success factors that make inclusive SRHR effective in practice, and which barriers need to be broken down? These questions were addressed during our successful webinar on disability inclusive education on November 16th, 2023.

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Sharing our knowledge on Inclusive Education: Leadership is key

How can we achieve disability inclusive education in the global South? What are success factors that make inclusive education work, and which barriers need to be broken down? These questions were addressed during our successful webinar on disability inclusive education on June 30th 2022.

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Looking back and forward

The launch of Breaking down Barriers 2.0 took place on July 1st. During this online event we reflected on the results and impact of Breaking down Barriers 1.0 and how we intent to move forward in our learning trajectory in the coming years.

Watch the presentation of Dr. Willem Elbers: ‘Pracademics: missing link in disability inclusive development?’ about the important role of pracademics in disability inclusive development.

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Agho Glory nèe Tsangue, Program Manager of the Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) Program at the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (Liliane Foundation Strategic Partner Organisation) discusses her experiences with the Breaking down Barriers project. Watch her presentation: The added value of collaboration between civil society organizations and academia.

Thomas Mtonga, Department of Educational Psychology, Sociology and Special Education of the University of Zambia reflects on the lessons learnt during Breaking down Barriers 1.0.

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