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Sightsavers researches the impact of exclusion and inclusion in elections and works in partnership with disabled people’s organisations in developing countries to address policy implementation, access, and stigma and discrimination.
We are also designing political participation projects in Senegal and Cameroon, both of which promote inclusive elections. This means people can enter polling booths and cast their votes independently (whether electronic or paper-based); where political parties equitably represent disability issues and people with disabilities can participate as candidates; and where all voters have accessible legal documentation and information, such as party manifestos, so they can vote.
A systematic review aiming to identify, appraise and combine available evidence to understand what practices have already taken place in African countries to support the political participation of people with disabilities, and what effect they have had at local and national levels.
This framework explains our rights-based approach of mainstreaming disability throughout our programming and operations, and complements our other global strategies on eye health, education and research.