Unlocking an Inclusive Society for Persons with Disabilities in Southern Africa

About SAFOD

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The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) is the leading Southern African disability-focused NGO engaged in coordination of activities of organisations of disabled persons in the SADC Region.

 Mission
To strengthen Disabled People’s Organisations in SAFOD member countries through training, research, coordination, information sharing, promotion of human rights and adoption of appropriate strategies for stimulating people with disabilities to enhance their economic, political and social development”

Overview
The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled [SAFOD] is the leading Southern African disability-focused NGO engaged in coordination of activities of organisations of disabled persons in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region and at international and / or continental level as circumstances may dictate. It encourages and facilitates full participation and equality of persons with disabilities in social, political, economical and cultural activities within their communities within the region, and supports the formation of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) as well as strengthening the existing ones.

The federation was founded in 1986 in Zimbabwe by disabled people for disabled people as an umbrella organisation for the national Disabled People’s Organisations in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The Mission of the organisation is “to strengthen Disabled People’s Organisations in SAFOD member countries through training, research, coordination, information sharing, and promotion of human rights and adoption of appropriate strategies for stimulating people with disabilities to enhance their economic, political and social development”. SAFOD pursues the following Vision Statement: “A society new society where all people, including disabled people, women and workers, men and children, are treated with dignity, respect and on the basis of equality.”

Currently, 10 countries are affiliated to SAFOD through National Federations of Disabled People Organisations (NFDPOs) namely:

1) Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Angola (FAPED);

2) Botswana Federation of Disabled People in Botswana (BOFOD);

3) Lesotho National Federation of the Disabled (LNFOD);

4) Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA);

5) Forum of Associations of Disabled People in Mozambique (FAMOD);

6) National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN);

7) Disabled People South Africa (DPSA);

8) Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Swaziland (FODSWA);

9) Zambia Federation of Disabled (ZAFOD); and

10) Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ).

General Information
SAFOD works with various partners to promote the rights and needs of persons with disability on Southern Africa. These partners have played a significant role in ensuring that SAFOD reaches where it is now. Some of the donors and partners include the Pan African Federation of the Disabled (PAFOD); the Disabled People’s International (DPI); the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD); the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies (CRS) at Stellenbosch University; the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO); the British Government Department for International Development (DFID); the Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst; and American Development Fund (ADF).

Comments on: "About SAFOD" (2)

  1. Tell us what is happening in your countries? Interesting photos! Time to show the world that disability is not inability!!

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