25 October 2017
Big Lottery Fund’s new international programme – the East Africa Disability Fund – awards £2.1 million of funding to six organisations in its first phase.
The funding to UK-based voluntary sector organisations, ADD International, CBM, Light for the World, Motivation, Sense International and Sightsavers, will help support disabled people in Tanzania and Uganda to develop skills and access resources. The disability inclusion specialists will focus on enabling people to improve their livelihoods – and develop the strengths of individuals they work with to help them design and deliver a positive change for themselves and their community.
Big Lottery Fund, which distributes this funding from the National Lottery, has worked with experts and other funders such as the Department for International Development (DFID), BOND and Comic Relief to develop its new international funding approach.
To maximise the impact of National Lottery funding and build upon its learning, this year, Big Lottery Fund’s international funding will concentrate on supporting disabled people in a small number of countries. It anticipates allocating around £4 million of funding for 2018/19 and its core focus will be on empowering people to shape solutions on issues which are important to them.
Through this programme, the Fund aims to inspire UK civil society with ideas from communities around the world and the lessons they have learned.
Asayya Imaya, Head of International Funding at Big Lottery Fund, said: “We’re excited our new international programme will focus on supporting disabled people in Tanzania and Uganda – putting people in control so they can tackle the issues that are important to them. Based on previous feedback, we believe this targeted approach will allow us to maximise the impact of National Lottery funding and help to ensure that local communities are fully equipped to deliver a real and lasting change.”
Underlining the common commitment of all the voluntary sector organisations involved, Tom Shakespeare, Chairman of Light for the World, said: “We believe in partnerships and joining forces to achieve the same goal: leaving no one behind. Together with Big Lottery Fund and the other international and local partners involved, we look forward to working alongside people with disabilities in Uganda and Tanzania so they can lead more independent and fulfilling lives.”
Big Lottery Fund is now looking to work with more UK-based voluntary sector organisations who work in Tanzania and Uganda. For more information on how to apply go to Big Lottery Fund’s website.