The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)

The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) is a leading Southern African disability-focused network engaged in coordination of activities of Disability Peoples Organisations (DPOs) in the Southern Africa region. The organisation was formed in 1986 by persons with disabilities. There regional offices are based in Botswana. SAFOD is one of the leading Southern African disability-focused network engaged in coordination of activities of organisations of Persons with Disabilities in the Southern Africa region. The network is currently made up of 10 networks based in 10 southern African countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). In each of these countries, SAFOD coordinate programs and activities through “National Federation of Disabled Peoples Organisations. The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) is a leading Southern African disability-focused network engaged in coordination of activities of Disability Peoples Organisations (DPOs) in the Southern Africa region. The organisation was formed in 1986 by persons with disabilities. SAFOD operates under the following motto: "Unlocking an Inclusive Society for Persons with Disabilities in Southern Africa." To date, 10 countries are affiliated to SAFOD through National Federations of Disabled People Organisations (NFDPOs) namely: Angola (FAPED), Botswana (BOFOD), Lesotho (LNFOD), Malawi (FEDOMA), Mozambique (FAMOD), Namibia (NFPDN); South Africa (DPSA), Swaziland (FODSWA), Zambia (ZAFOD) and Zimbabwe (FODPZ). At the present moment SAFOD is working towards building the capacity of its affiliate organisations in Zambia, Angola, Lesotho and Mozambique who will be involved in the project so that they are able to stand on their own in implementing CBR programs in their respective countries. This is why SAFOD is undertaking the project at the regional level. Above all SAFOD will continue to play its role and focus to strengthen the capacity of its affiliates so that they are able to effectively advocate for the rights of the persons with the disabilities in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); lobby and advocate for inclusive policies and programs. ShareThis

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