15 percent of the world’s population live with disability and 80 percent of these live in developing countries (WHO, 2011). According to Tirussew (2005), eight million disabled people live in Ethiopia and 2.95 percent of the population has a sensory, motor, and cognitive disabilities.The World Report on Disability from 2011 estimates, the prevalence of people with disabilities in Ethiopia is 17.6 percent (WHO, 2011). The Oromia Region appears to be the area with the highest number of persons with disabilities, 333,653, followed by the Amhara region which appears to have 281,291 persons with disabilities.
In our country, there are very few rehabilitation centers to serve persons with disabilities and most of those are situated in the cities, whereas around 83 percent of total Ethiopian population live in a rural area. Due to remoteness, lack of accessibility of services a huge number of persons with disabilities is denied rehabilitation services in rural areas. As a result, persons with disabilities are indeed neglected by their families as well as their communities and they are segregated from the society. They are not rehabilitated and cannot realize their full capacity.
Considering the challenges mentioned above Bright Future Initiative (BFI) and Cheshire Foundation Action for Inclusion (CFAI) have been actively involved in Bridge the Gap - Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Project, which aims to empower of persons with disabilities to reach their full potential and lead meaningful lives in their communities.
Bridge the Gap thereby seeks to empower and rehabilitate persons with disabilities to lead independent and meaningful lives at family and community levels. Enabling them and providing them with care and assistance to lead a meaningful life, demands the provision of access to facilities and services in the areas of health, education, rehabilitation, economic and social empowerment. The efforts of the government in providing facilities and services channeled through the National Policy in concurrence with the Ministry of Health, Education, Social Services, and Vocational Guidance are deemed to be not equal, uniform, or adequate. Underprivileged communities located in remote areas with little access are denied even the basic facilities.
The project has targeted three woredas (district) in East Gojjam Zone, namely Debre Markos, Dejene, and Bichena, and likewise, three districts in South Gondar Zone, namely Debre Tabor, Woreta, and Dera. BFI is responsible for implementation in East Gojjam, whereas CFAI is responsible for implementation in South Gondar.
Through the CBID approach, Bridge the Gap aimed enhance and facilitate access to basic services for persons with disabilities and their families in both rural and urban communities. Through this project, BFI and CFAI set out to facilitate CBID through promoting inclusion of people with disabilities, empowering organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), changing the misconception of about disability, building the capacity of existing services delivery organization to be inclusive, promoting inclusive education and empowering the target beneficiaries socially and economically.
Persons with disabilities will, through the strengthening of Organizations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) and self-help groups (SHG), be empowered to effectively advocate for and claim their rights. In close collaboration with zonal and regional government authorities, health, education, and livelihood services will become inclusive and disability-specific services established. The Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BoLSA) and OPDs are collaborative partners of the project. CBM has been providing technical support, amongst others.
Bridge the Gap is a pioneer CBID concept and thereby be a center of excellence for the disability sector in Ethiopia, and broader within CBM. This experience will be used to raise awareness on disability inclusive development and to disseminate the CBID concept.
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How to Apply
CBM CO shall pay the consultant 30% upon signing agreement, and 70% upon submission and acceptance of the final evaluation report by CBM and partners.
CBM encourages persons with disabilities and women to apply for this call. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The future job holder adheres to CBM values and commits to CBM’s Children and Adults-at-risk Safeguarding Policy.
Expression of Interest Please submit your expression of interest for the consultancy addressed to Mr. Belestie Bassazenew [email protected] or Mr. Francesco Giulietti [email protected] with the subject marked “Expression of Interest for Final Project Evaluation_BtG.”
Deadline: 2nd of July 2021