The project, funded by the European Union, is called ‘Building partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals: empowering disabled people’s organisations’. As part of the project, an innovative disability inclusion scorecard was created, and this has led to remarkable results. It has developed the skills, knowledge and confidence of disabled people’s organisation (DPO) members, as well as increasing engagement with government departments and district officials.
The theme of the 2020 High-Level Political Forum is ‘Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realising the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’. The project is a strong example of what is needed to achieve this: localisation of the SDGs framework, and accountability mechanisms.
Sightsavers, working with two national technical partners and 12 local partners, held training sessions for 15 DPOs in five project states. The sessions covered the SDGs, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Indian Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. This helped DPOs to increase their knowledge on the three frameworks to strengthen their advocacy.
Areas of focus emerged from the training sessions. These included social protection entitlements, inclusive and quality education, equal job opportunities and decent work conditions. Participants agreed that knowledge of the SDG framework and its alignment with the CRPD and the National Disability Law was essential in achieving change at a local level. From this, the SDG scorecard on disability inclusion emerged.
A score card is a participatory, community-based monitoring approach that helps people assess, monitor and evaluate services. Sightsavers, with expertise from the European Disability Forum, Together 2030 and Newcastle University, developed a disability-inclusive scorecard process on SDG implementation, with a specific focus on women with disabilities. The scorecard brings together service users and service providers to jointly analyse issues underlying service delivery problems and find collaborative ways to address issues.
The project started with a pilot focused around SDG 4 (inclusive education):