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20060601 Capacity Building in the Disability Sector in Mozambique


20060601 Capacity Building in the Disability Sector in Mozambique

This report presents the findings of the final evaluation of the project Capacity Building in the Disability Sector in Mozambique, which was carried out in MAY 2006. The project was implemented by POWER a British non-governmental organisation (NGO) in partnership with FAMOD the network of Mozambican organisations working in the disability sector.

In Mozambique it is estimated that people with disabilities (PWDs) make up 10% of the population. They are among the most marginalised, isolated and disadvantaged of the country’s population. Women with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. The Ministry for Women and Social Action (MMAS) has the responsibility of overseeing disability issues but does so within a legislative vacuum and with few resources. In response to the largely unmet needs of persons with disabilities there has been a growth in the number of disability organisations (DPOs) in recent years. But the ability to meet these challenges and to fulfil both an advocacy and service delivery function has been undermined by their limited institutional capacity.

The long term goal of the project is to enable people with disabilities (PWDs) in Mozambique to enjoy all the rights available to the able-bodied, including access to and participation in education, healthcare, employment, and all other services and empowered to participate fully in civil society as equal citizens of Mozambique. This will be done by building institutional capacity of local organisations for people with disabilities (DPOs) to enable them to establish a co-ordinated plan of action for the sector, and to provide a professional service to their members in both service delivery and advocacy.