One group of persons often overlooked in Social Protection programmes is that of disabled persons. APSP which is at the forefront of protecting vulnerable groups of society is joined by the European Union in its thinking who through their Communication of August 2012, on Social Protection, argue that Social Protection is one of the ways of ensuring inclusion in the development agenda, APSP adds on to that thinking by adding in the fact that this inclusiveness yields sustainability by harnessing different strengths from these different segments of society. Many African countries are only just waking up to the fact that disabled persons are highly excluded from participation in society, with many traditional practices sidelining many disabled persons. The now famous “Disability in not Inability” statement is no longer a mere statement for musing and dismissing, the now famous Olypian from South Africa, Pistorius who competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics proved just that. Efforts to have more and more disabled persons included in the development agenda of many countries are now underway.

The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities, is a key champion of these efforts. The Executive Director of the Africa Platform for Social Protection (APSP), Dr. Tavengwa Nhongo, was invited to Pretoria, South Africa to take part in a meeting to “Develop the Disability Architecture for the African Decade for Disability”. The meeting that run from 28th August to 1st September 2012, brought together fifteen (15) experts from different fields to deliberate over a way forward on this issue. Participants were drawn from the APSP, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Sight Savers, University of Pretoria, Pan-Africa Parliament and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

Dr. Nhongo teamed up with Mr. Thomas Ongolo to make a presentation on African Union (AU) Policies and Strategies including how best to engage the Pan-African organisation. This preliminary meeting looked at how best to engage the AU and member states in addressing a cross thematic framework post the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) specifically addressing challenges faced by disabled persons. In particular, the meeting sought to get started on an engagement strategy post the 2015 deadline of the MDGs that will bring in Disabled Persons into national consultations as well as influence High Level Policy makers. Fundamentally, a range of post

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