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Executive Summary This report presents the context under the International Disability Alliance has developed its work and the primary outcomes achieved during January to September 2016. A presentation of the main outcomes is explained under the four framework results that were established for the 2016-2019 period

Context The International Disability Alliance is an alliance of eight global and six regional organizations of persons with disabilities. We advocate at the UN for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities and their organizations. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is our touchstone. We are invested in ensuring that the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are inclusive and in line with CRPD. We support organizations of persons with disabilities worldwide to take part in UN and international human rights processes and use international accountability mechanisms.

The year 2015 marked a historical turning point in which the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the new 2030 development agenda comprised of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To reach this consensus among all UN Member States, several learnings were taken into consideration after the creation and implementation of the 8 Millennium Development Goals back in the year 2000. Some of the main improvements for this agenda were focused on increasing the channels that foster different stakeholder participation, the diversity of the issues that concerns all member states and the accountability mechanisms to ensure its achievements. Through 2016, with the support of our donors, the International Disability Alliance, has relentlessly worked to ensure that the voice and the needs of approximately 1 billion people that live with at least one form of disability are included in this agenda that will shape the world for the next 14 years.

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The purpose of the project is to increase synergies between international human rights and development frameworks that contribute to enabling an international environment that enhances participation of organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), strengthens political will and capacities of national governments to implement the UN CRPD and make development inclusive.

The year 2016 has marked a historical milestone of the progress that our community has achieved where significant challenges have been surpassed, and tangible outcomes were reached. The efforts of the IDA, its partners and donors to make a short and long-term impact in the lives of many children, women, elderly, and all people with a disability has remarkably increased, and the primary outcomes achieved from January to September of 2016 are found under the four result-framework of the IDA.

Outcomes Firstly, a growing consensus in line with The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and a strengthened synergy between human rights and development frameworks that foster greater inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities. This consensus can be seen on how the concluding observations, final recommendations, and general comments given by the Treaty Bodies, the Mandate-holders and the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review are aligned with the UN CRPD highest standards. It is also evidently how the monitoring framework and indicators of the 2030 Agenda implementation takes into consideration the inclusion of people with disabilities. Lastly, a notable improvement in the adoption of resolutions that are in line with the UN CRPD, in strategic spaces such as the World Humanitarian Forum, the Commission on Social Development, the Civil Society Forum and the Human Rights Council.

Secondly, during this year multiple Disable People Organizations (DPOs) strengthen their use of UN monitoring and accountability mechanisms such as the SDGs, Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review and Special Procedures to gain greater tools for national advocacy.

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The International Disability contributed directly with a constant support in the submissions that were made to the committees, to the country delegations present at the CRPD Committee and the UPR, and, to the women with disabilities that had historical representation at the Mainstream Treaty Bodies. To this last group, the IDA offered an additional support of oral interventions and co-hosted bilateral meetings with major stakeholders. Another accountability mechanism is The High-level Political Forum which is the central platform for the 2030 agenda review. The first edition of this forum took place in July 2016 at New York City. Due to the enhanced work among the IDA, the IDDC, and other organizations, during this forum, there was an official recognition of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities. Prior this forum, 22 UN Member States volunteer to submit a review on the progress made in their implementation of the SDGs and the IDA contacted different DPOs in 21 of these countries to track the inclusion of the people with disabilities on them. While the main results show that nine out of 22 countries do make references towards people with Disabilities in their reviews, there was a general conclusion that majority of the DPOs were left out of the consultation process and were replaced with internal government agencies. This led the International Disability Alliance to serve as a facilitator for more than 2000 DPOs of an open, transparent and inclusive, participatory process to develop an official submission to the HighLevel Political Forum endorsed by more than 370 DPOs from all over the world. As the third outcome for this year, the United Nations, and different development agencies develop further commitments, capacities, and collaboration to support the efforts of the national stakeholders towards CRPD implementation and inclusive development. In the first semester of 2016, IDA focused a significant part of its efforts in the construction of the "Evaluation Report of the Contribution of UNDP to the Disability Inclusive Development" which is expected to be submitted to the Executive Board of UNDP in January 2017. The IDA has been involved in the evaluation process from the beginning, and the report will provide a unique opportunity to establish the benchmarking of disability mainstreaming processes across

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UN agencies, and led to similar outcomes like the one the Gender Equality Movement had in the past. Other efforts include the capacity building of the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and the inclusive development of a strategic framework 2.0 that brought a common vision and commitment towards the development of the fund. Also, during this June 2016, the IDA co-chaired the 2nd Global Action on Disability (GLAD). The meeting clearly established the objectives of the group, participation of stakeholders during meetings and potential themes for working groups such as inclusive education, inclusive humanitarian response, and data. All of this progress was made while maintaining and strengthening the existing collaboration between the IDA with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Officer of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Women. And Lastly, the last main outcome of 2016 was the significant increment and improvement of the technical capacity that global and regional DPOs had to directly support national DPOs in their mission to advocate for implementation of the CRPD. The main example of this capacitybuilding is the successful delivery for the second year in a row of a two-core module training program that empowers DPOs all over the world with the necessary tools to execute their work. This initiate is the BRIDGE training in which the IDA, together with IDDC and Disability Rights Fund provide training in cover topics such as the CRPD implementation, inclusive development, and links with Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. During the first semester of 2016, three trainings across the South-East Asia, Pacific and Latin America region duration were given. The content benefited directly to a total of 69 disability activists from 38 countries and the lessons learned from this pilot phase were analyzed during the BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs consensus workshop that led to the final consolidation of the curriculum.

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Recommendations The following recommendations are given both regarding a smooth user experience and the quality and clarity of the content from a strictly reactive approach. This means, based exclusively on the information that was given in the supporting documents) •

Several typos can be found throughout the text, as well as some basic punctuation mistakes such as commas, capitalization and the use of the dash.

Some minor grammar mistakes can be found, mainly in the lack and misuse of articles, spelling of words and the use of connectors, third person verbs and prepositions. Basic grammar software such a Grammarly or PaperRater can automatically avoid this mistakes.

Lack of explanation of many abbreviations can be confusing, even to people that it is familiar with the UN System. A more inclusive language can outreach the impact of the information shared.

IDA Core results-framework for 2016/2019 •

Overall content structure. A suggested framework can be the Golden Circle that uses the

explanation on why this document exists, how it was developed and what is the proposed structure. •

A better link among the six initial indicators and the four results-framework should be

given as the 2nd title “Results, Indicators and Activities” create confusion. •

The indicators suggested in each of the four frameworks can be showed in a more

structured way. For example, they can be displayed inside a table that enables the reader to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative aspects of each indicator. •

This document, as it is intended to provide results measurement, should also include

guidance on accountability mechanisms. Frequency of measurement, channels of accountability, accessibility to data and other useful information in addition to contact information

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Narrative Report for January to September 2016 •

Include comparison results to IDA results from previous years, and/or towards initial goals accountability achievement. This provides a framework of reference to the reader that will enable them to interpret the conclusions easily.

Showcase more hard data that creates high impact and remembrance for each conclusion. A specific number of people impacted or affected, time-bounded recommendations and historical trends, facts and projections tend to serve as the main supporters people remember from any story.

Include more visual elements such as (but not limited to) infographics, pie-charts, and general images that support the storytelling of the report for audiences that are susceptible to visual analysis.

Some content is repeated in different parts of the document without the proper link among them.

Hyperlinks to certain information can make a subtle improvement in providing the context where certain acronyms and initiatives come from.

Other recommendations that could enhance the user experience with the report from a proactive approach, could be: •

Include an interactive online report. This can be done through a video recorded by the leadership body, the members, employees and other stakeholders of the organization or even as a simple infographic video that summarizes in a visual and audible way the conclusions of the report.

Considering making 2 or more versions of the report or making one single version that can be read by different audiences. Although it is clear that this report was intended exclusively for the donors, it would be important to consider the diversity of the readers inside each donor-institution. In this sense, the information of the report can be displayed in different ways that can be shared, internally, externally and with audiences of various backgrounds.

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Website assessment

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Website assessment It is very hard to assess if the information provided in the report is available on the website as there is no general reporting section inside any of the main menus and there are no immediate results after using the search bar. After browsing the website for several days, the central assessment can be divided in two: 1. Suggested improvements for the design of the website •

It is very hard to differentiate the press releases, statements and other updates from official resources, reports, and educational materials.

The website offers a Spanish version, which only works for a few of the main titles of the website and not the entire text bodies.

Several grammar mistakes (mainly typos and missing words) can be found in the content of the site and the support documents inside it.

A more refreshing design, structured presentation of the content and a better user interface can drastically improve the user experience.

It is unclear if the website and its information are accessible for audiences with different types of disabilities.

2. Content of the report available on the website: •

After making a specific search of each topic of the many conclusions that are stated in the report, it is evident that many of the information shared it is indeed available on the website.

The information is shared in the form of a press release or as an incoming or past update, and it no document shows the correlation among them.

A mobile-friendly user interface should be developed both for the website and the donor report.

There is no a particular reporting section on the website, which makes the accessibility to historical data of the organization and the summary, the connection and the interpretation of the content to be spread around several links and articles.

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There is available information regarding the submissions, the challenges and the recommendations given by however the IDA and other DPOs during several strategic meetings and events. However, there is no a clear timeline of events that shows the historical data of IDA participation, the achievements and the incoming events and how they are connected to the strategic results framework.


The content of the report has valuable information that cannot be found on the website, even after an intensive search. As an example of this can be the BRIDGE training program which on the website does not explain its history, its achievements, and next steps, as they are described in the report.

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