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Policy and advocacy

Sightsavers influences the development and implementation of health and inclusion policies at local, national and global level.

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Our policy and advocacy team works to ensure that people can access the health and education services they are entitled to, and that people with disabilities are not excluded or discriminated against, but empowered to claim their rights.

Policy is critical because it shapes people’s lives: no matter who you are or where you live, your life is shaped by the policy environment around you. Sightsavers works to influence policy in the areas of global health, education and neglected tropical diseases, and social inclusion. Our policy and advocacy work is supported by our research.

We’re exploring how to address the global lack of disability data, helping people with disabilities and older people to conduct and analyse research with their peers, and promoting the financial independence of people with disabilities through innovative economic empowerment projects. We’re also testing how to make more inclusive health projects and promoting accessible political participation.

Our policy campaign for disability rights calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of people with disabilities, and since 2013 it has contributed to an increasing focus on disability-inclusive development both in the UK and around the world.

Sightsavers’ policy and advocacy work aligns with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fully supports their commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in creating a fairer world.

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Our key areas

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Health policy and advocacy

We promote inclusive health because we believe that everyone should be able to receive quality, affordable health care.
Read about our health work

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Disability rights

Our Equal World disability rights campaign calls on international leaders to make sure global development is inclusive of people with disabilities.
Learn about the campaign

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Data disaggregation

Globally, there’s a lack of accurate data on disability, so our Everybody Counts programme is looking at new ways to collect data about the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Read about our data

Resources

Handbooks

Advocacy in programmes handbook

This toolkit outlines an approach to the integration of advocacy plans and strategies in Sightsavers’ country offices. Our advocacy ultimately aims to hold governments to account and influence them to put policies in place that will reach the furthest behind people first.
View Advocacy in programmes handbook [pdf]

 

Disability Inclusive Scorecard manual

One role of civil society organisations is to amplify the voices of people who are most excluded in society. Our manual addresses this challenge by guiding readers through the process of generating and using a Disability Inclusive Scorecard (DISC), focused on educational provision for learners with disabilities.
View the DISC manual [pdf]
View the DISC learning document [pdf]
View the advocacy brief [pdf]

Read more about Sightsavers’ thematic strategies

Our strategy documents

More on policy and advocacy

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Sightsavers Reports

In Senegal, we’re ensuring all children are able to go to school

Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Your donations are helping to train teachers so they can welcome children with visual impairments and other disabilities into the classroom.

A group of people who attended an inclusive data training workshop in Cameroon.
Sightsavers blog

How can inclusive data advocacy help us to achieve the SDGs?

Sightsavers’ Aissata Ndiaye and Tichafara Chisaka share some lessons on inclusive data advocacy based on our experiences in Pakistan, Cameroon and Senegal.

Sightsavers, July 2022
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Sightsavers blog

How Maroua’s voluntary local review can help Cameroon achieve the SDGs

Sightsavers’ Joseph Oye and Aissata Ndiaye share insights and recommendations from the Commune of Maroua I’s review into SDG implementation at the local level.

Sightsavers, July 2022

We fight for equality for people with disabilities

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