Breaking down Barriers

Research and capacity building for disability advocacy

'Breaking down Barriers’ was initiated by the Liliane Foundation and the African Studies Centre (Leiden University) in 2015 to identify the success factors of advocacy for children with disabilities. Together with One Family People in Sierra Leone, The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia, the programme uses academic research as input to build capacity for effective disability advocacy.

Conference: Pushing boundaries in advocacy for inclusion


What is the best way to strengthen political participation of people facing marginalisation and discrimination in the global South? How can unheard voices be amplified and connected in efforts to leave no one behind? What evidence exists about effective advocacy methods and collaborations?

These were key questions at the ‘Pushing boundaries in advocacy for inclusion’ conference on 29 January 2020, hosted by the Liliane Foundation, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, and the African Studies Center Leiden.

At the conference the publication Pushing boundaries in disability advocacy, Breaking down Barriers to inclusion, Elbers W. (editor) (2020) was presented. This publication captures the outcomes of the 'Breaking down Barriers to inclusion' learning trajectory.

During the conference, Willem Elbers gave his keynote ‘Redefining advocacy. Persons with disabilities as agents of change'.