ABOUT THE ROUNDTABLE FORUM

Organized by the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), the Southern Africa Disability Round Table Forum brings together various actors on triennial intervals to reflect and evaluate the work of SAFOD and the disability movement, share information and experiences, assess progress being achieved by Governments and other duty bearers with regards to implementation of development policies and programs affecting persons with disabilities within the region . The first forum was held from June 20 to 23 at Holiday Inn Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the main focus was on the past three decades.

 

The next forum is expected to be held in July 2019, and potential partners willing to be involved as financiers, collaborators, hosts, co-organizers, or merely supporters, are encouraged to get in touch with the SAFOD Secretariat as soon as possible. Learn more about the event here»

SAFOD 30th Anniversary

The Disability Roundtable Forum 2017 was part of the anniversary commemorations of SAFOD which clocked 30 years in 2016. Coincidentally, this was a significant year as the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had just replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) which were devoid of disability indicators; the UNCRPD had just clocked 10 years; and SAFOD, being the only credible network of national federations of DPOs in SADC, had just began implementing a new 5-year Strategic Plan.

1st Regional Dialoguing Platform

It was high time that the regional disability movement had an opportunity to come together and, at least for once, be able to reflect on the achievements and/or milestones during the 30-year period, as well as the challenges which had been experienced, and dialogue on how the delegates, including development partners, could effectively support both SAFOD and the entire disability sector - Governments, researchers, DPOs, private sector, etc - in sustaining the gains that had been made so far and addressing the gaps.

Regional Disability Awards

On the evening of the June 23, 2017 SAFOD organized a Gala Dinner to honor disability activists for their outstanding contributions over the period of 30 years in each of the where SAFOD currently operates. The Southern Africa Disability Champions Awards is an initiative to sustain activism and advocacy for the mainstreaming of disability within SADC. SAFOD also presented Private Sector Excellence Awards in recognition of private sector entities that had demonstrated disability inclusiveness. Read more»

QUICK STATS FOR ROUNDTABLE 2017

Here are the quick statistics for the 2017 Southern Africa Roundtable Forum.

87  

Delegates participated

18  

Presentations and Keynote Speeches

6

Side events

15

Disability activists and companies awarded

PRESENTATIONS, THEMES & ISSUES

Key highlights of the main themes and issues emanating from the presentations and keynote speeches during the Disability Roundtable Forum 2017

Struggle for Liberation not Won!, Deputy Minister Hendrietta

Opening Ceremony

In her official speech, Ms. Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister for Social Development of the republic of South Africa, recalled that the struggle for liberation of persons with disabilities began from the apartheid era when their rights were not recognised. She, however, expressed her disappointment that since the struggles of South Africa veterans, a high number of persons with disabilities were still living in abject conditions.

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Keynote address by Ms Lilly Ann Elvestad, FFO Secretary

Opening Ceremony

In her Keynote address, Ms Lilly Ann Elvestad, Secretary General of Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO), expressed gratitude to participate in the event in which SAFOD had once again demonstrated that the organization was taking shape. She said FFO had partnered with SAFOD since 1999, and expressed her organization's commitment to continue supporting disability causes in the region through SAFOD.

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Disability Mainstreaming Status in Swaziland

Thematic Presentations

In Swaziland, it was noted that the issues affecting Persons with disabilities were not being prioritised by the Government because of poor negative attitude of the government officials. Even the UNCRPD was not yet domesticated hence making it difficult for the movement to hold government accountable. Continuous advocacy by the Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Swaziland (FODSWA) was thus recommended.

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Disability Mainstreaming Status in Zambia

Thematic Presentations

According to Mr. Nakawa Chiyala, the President of the official affiliate of SAFOD in Zambia, the Federation of Disabled People (ZAFOD), in Zambia ZAFOD had since its inception in 1990, scored several achievements in its efforts to mainstream disability in the country. For example, ZAFOD was duly recognized by Government, donors and other relevant stakeholders as a functional umbrella and representative body of persons with disabilities

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Disability Mainstreaming Status in Malawi

Thematic Presentations

In Malawi, it was noted that one of the main achievements of the disability movement was successful lobbying for the enactment of the Bill on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in 2012, which was preceded by the passing of the National Policy on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, which was also championed by the disability movement in the country, led by FEDOMA.

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Disability Mainstreaming Status in Zimbabwe

Thematic Presentations

In Zimbabwe, the disability movement had been able to advocate for the adoption of sign language as one of the national languages. Accessibility issues had also been addressed. Participants however, resolved that the Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ) – the official national affiliate of SAFOD – ought to intensify advocacy for the implementation of the existing policy framework at any cost.

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What Went Amiss? An Evaluation of SAFOD

Thematic Presentations

Ms. Mqikela, while presenting on what went amiss, an evaluation of SAFOD noted that whereas the disability movement had done great work in promoting the rights of Persons with disabilities, the lack of proper leadership, governance issues, inadequate partnership and resources, as well as lack of ownership of initiatives by DPOs and Persons with disabilities was affecting efforts in realising inclusive development.

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Implementation of UN Disability Frameworks

Thematic Presentations

Mr. Tomi Lounio, Programme Analyst Human Rights, UNDP regional Service Centre for Africa, emphasized the need for Governments and development partners to understand documentary evidence in unearthing issues of concern. This had, for instance, influenced the UNDP in becoming more disability sensitive and is apparently committed to promoting the rights of Persons with disabilities.

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Financing Mechanism: Experiences from UNFPA SRHR programi

Thematic Presentations

Participants also reflected on the experiences of partnership for disability issues in Africa specifically taking lessons from the UNFPA SRHR program for young people with disabilities. Ms. Bakaroudis shared experiences from the DFID funded project on Prevention of Maternal Deaths in East and Southern Africa that contains a component of SRHR among YPWD.

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Creating Early Childhood Inclusive Environments and/or Practices

Thematic Presentations

Using experiences from Ndinogona Inclusive Early Childhood Development Stimulation Program and Promoting Inclusion in ECDE within CBR programs project, the conference discussed modalities of ensuring children with disability have access to quality education. Representatives of UHAMBO, an organisation working in Southern Africa to promote inclusion of children with disabilities ignited a debate on the need to change mind-set in order to achieve inclusive education..

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DOWNLOAD SPEECHES, PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS & VIDEOS

Here, you can download all presentations, posters or keynote speeches, and watch/download videos presented during the Disability Roundtable Forum 2017. Please hover over the images below to choose the speech or presentation you want to download, or the video you want to view/download.

MRS. RACHEL KACHAJE Chairperson of SAFOD

She gave official opening remarks on behalf of SAFOD, outlining the importance of the forum.

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MUSSA CHIWAULA Director General of SAFOD

In his remarks, he focused on the short-term objectives of the Forum 2017, as well as the long term goals that SAFOD sought to achieve through such forums.

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MS. LILLY ANN ELVESTAD FFO Secretary

In her Keynote address, she expressed gratitude that SAFOD was taking shape, and highlighted FFO's commitment towards continued partnership with SAFOD since 1999.

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PROF. LESLIE SWARTZ Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Presented on Building presented on Research Capacity as Part of the SAFOD Research Programme.

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ASS. PROF GUBELA MJ Chairperson of AfriNEAD

Best practices from the African Network on Evidence-to-Action in Disability (AfriNEAD).

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DR. ALLISTER MUNTHALI Ass. Professor of Research, Malawi

Learning from Action and Research on Disability in Southern Africa.

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PROF. ARNE HENNING EIDE SINTEF, Norway

UNFPA SRHR Programme for young people with disabilities.

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MR. MARK MALEMA Reform Specialist, Malawi

Disability Monitoring and Financing Mechanism: What went wrong with MDGs?

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MS. MARIA BAKAROUDIS Comprehensive Sexuality Education Specialist, UNFPA (ESARO)

UNFPA SRHR Programme for young people with disabilities

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MS NOMVUYO MABUSELA CBM Regional Capacity Development Officer

Recognizing Existing Partner Capacity and Using it as a Resource.

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MR. DAISUKE SAGIYA Department of Social Development (DSD)/JICA South Africa

JICA’s Activity on “Disability and Development”.

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QUOTABLE QUOTES

A selection of some interesting quotes during the 2017 Round Table Forum

Ms Lilly Ann Elvestad

Today we are very proud of SAFOD! To gather all of you, to appreciate achievements and to have the ambition to shape a strategic direction in the future ~ that is something that we are proud to be part of as a donor.

Mr. Mark Malema

Whereas Persons with disabilities constitute 20% of the poorest population, disability was not explicitly included in the MDG framework... there was no basis for governments, donors to finance and monitor disability.

Dr Jerry Gule

While employment of Persons with disabilities is a constitutional obligation, most companies in South Africa are not employing Persons with disabilities because of attitudinal barriers and ignorance.

Associate Professor Gubela Mji

There is need to strengthen AfriNEAD affiliations, regional and international disability networks, as well as global organs such as WHO, UNESCO and UN to turn Evidence to Action and Action to Evidence.

CONTACT US

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