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20080701 Disability Policy Audit in Namibia, Swaziland,Malawi and Mozambique


20080701 Disability Policy Audit in Namibia, Swaziland,Malawi and Mozambique

This disability policy audit research has been commissioned by the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), under the auspices of its disability research programme, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The research provides an analysis of disability policy and practice in four Southern African countries: Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique. The timing of this research could not be more opportune, given that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability came into force in May 2008, after five years of negotiations in New York. This Convention is of historic and landmark importance, as it is the first time that disabled people will be able to hold their respective governments to account for the promotion and enforcement of disability rights. However, as will be demonstrated throughout this report, the UN Convention should not be perceived as a panacea, because it has yet to be determined to what extent this ostensibly legally-binding international treaty can be effectively enforced.