A. For Persons with Disability
· They must motivate themselves. Our inner self is our first
· They must not limit themselves to purely vocational
training. They must also demand education in the broader sense to enable them to
undertake research and analysis.
· If they are organised as a cooperative, they must rely
largely on their own efforts to build institutional structures that are
democratic, transparent and fully accountable to the members.
· If they are organised as individual enterprises, they must
take advantage of public and private institutions that offer management courses.
· They must fight against prejudice and discrimination when
it comes to training in business management and the professions.
· They must refuse to be treated as empty bottles to be
filled through the "top-down" approach; they must insist on the participatory
approaches to building capacity.
· MWDs (Men with Disabilities) must ensure that WWDs are
fully integrated in their programmes (and in their homes) as equal partners.
· They must not isolate themselves from the rest of civil
society; they must join forces with other organs of civil society to influence
policy and the socio-economic environment.
· Those PWDs who have attained success in their enterprises
should encourage and help others with development efforts.
· The parents of children with disabilities should be
actively involved in development enterprises.
B. For the Government
· The government must create the enabling and institutional
environment to help strengthen the individual capabilities of PWDs. (Also see
· It must take affirmative action to enable PWDs to have
access to public institutions of higher education as well as vocational
· Since most PWDs work as groups or as cooperatives, it is
important that the government provide adequate cooperative training to them,
including extension and monitoring facilities.
· The government must formulate policies to cater for the
needs of parents of children with disabilities.
C. For IGOs and NGOs working with PWDs
· They must not limit themselves to providing finance only;
they must also support capacity building programmes.
· They must involve the PWDs in development projects using
the participatory approach.
· (NGOs) which have had experience in working with groups
and cooperatives must write up manuals based on these experiences so as to help
strengthen cooperative institutional capacity.
· They could play a positive role in addressing specific
concerns of women and children with disabilities and caters of people with
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difficult than capitalist-based enterprises? If so, why, and how can cooperative
structures be strengthened?
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