The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability rights community that empowers persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society.
Our vision is a world where persons with disabilities fully participate in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities on an equal basis with others
Our mission is to support persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.
Since 2008, DRF and its sister organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), have funded disabled persons organizations (DPOs) across the developing world – primarily in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean – to participate in ratification, implementation, and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Through grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance, our funds support DPOs to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the CRPD and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in their work, ensuring no one is left behind.
As a pooled fund, the Disability Rights Fund:
- Combines the resources of multiple governmental, private, and public donors
- Enables donors to harmonize their efforts towards disability-inclusive funding
- Reaches grassroots, marginalized, and high risk organizations that larger donors cannot reach
- Facilitates feedback about donor investments in this neglected area of human rights and development
- Demonstrates results of disability-inclusive development