'IDEAS: Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society’ was a three-year regional project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council, which involved six countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Georgia, Lebanon and Ukraine. The partner of the project was Unison, an NGO which helps to support people with special needs. The goal of the project was to strengthen the role and capacity of disability focused civil society organisations to work with local government in local decision making processes and in monitoring the promotion of the rights and experiences of people with disabilities.
Through various activities, organised within the scope of the project, the following objectives and goals has been reached:
- A framework for local government decision-making and action that strengthens the ability of government to recognise and address the needs and rights of people with disabilities was established;
- Disability focused Civil Society Organisations (CSO), local authorities and the media was provided with skills and tools to raise awareness and to represent the diverse needs and issues facing people with disabilities more effectively to local government and wider society;
- The involvement of disability focused civil society organisations and of people with disabilities in government decision-making processes and in monitoring actions taken by local government was strengthened;
- National and cross-border cooperation to promote international standards in understanding disability and the rights of people with disabilities was strengthened.
For more information about the 'IDEAS: Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society’ project, please contact Norayr Yerznkyan, Projects Coordinator. Check out the completed IDEAS case study for all countries here.