The Strategic Plan 2017-2020 coincides with the start of our tenth year of operations as the Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund – a natural reflection point.
The strategic plan comes on the heels of a very successful and exciting 2015, which brought progress and positive change not just within our organization, but also across the national and global disability community.
One of the global community’s greatest achievements was the inclusion of concrete references to persons with disabilities in the new global development framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Another global achievement in 2015 was the passage of the disability-inclusive Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. At the same time, the closing of civil society space and risks to human rights defenders are critical as we move forward.
This strategic plan takes into account the context –as well as the challenges and opportunities– in which we operate. As such, it is intended to be a living document that enables DRF and DRAF to remain responsive and nimble in a complex and ever-changing world. By defining a process for ongoing monitoring and adaptation, we will use it as a guide to help us prioritize, adapt and learn, rather than as a rigid strategy that ties our hands in the face of internal and external shifts.