7 September 2017
Light for the World, Mission East, and ICCO Cooperation, jointly held a book launching event titled ‘Towards Inclusion’on the 7th of September, 2017. Based on the decades long experience of working with the most marginalized and excluded communities in Nepal, the three organizations joined hands to collate their experiences and translate them into the publication ‘Towards Inclusion’. The Launch event aimed to familiarize the invitees with the concept and practical application of the recommended tools – to support organizations and practitioners become more inclusive.
Authored by Vera Van Ek and Sander Schot, ‘Towards Inclusion– A Guide for Organizations & Practitioners’ consists of three parts; the first part guides the reader through the process of assessing whether or not the organization is ready to change towards becoming a more inclusive organization. The second part introduces the ACAP framework, which sets up a way of approaching inclusion via focus on the areas: Access, Communication, Attitude and Participation. It then demonstrates how the framework can be applied to projects and programs. The third part provides guidelines for the people or ‘change facilitators’ who will guide organizations through the process of change towards becoming more inclusive. ‘Towards inclusion’ tools are intended to be used as a reference during organizational and program/project development with a focus on gender responsiveness and disability inclusion.
The book was launched by Chief guest, Mr Shudarson Subedi, National President- National Federation Of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), in the presence of over 60 development practitioners and stakeholders.
“We have very beautiful policies and frameworks for inclusion in paper but unless and until they are transformed into practice, they are meaningless. Nepal doesn’t have poor people, just people with poor attitude, which is a major hindrance towards inclusion. Inclusion is a transformative process and thereby cannot happen overnight or achieved through ad hoc interventions. It requires vision, systematic planning, and everyone jointly internalizing its essence that ensures collaborative actions in a long run”, said Mr. Subedi during his key note speech.
The publication is available at lab.light-for-the-world.org, www.miseast.org or www.icco-cooperation.org. And accessible version of the same is available upon request. Readers are strongly encouraged to provide feedback and stories about their experiences in inclusive development to the following email address: feedbackACAP@gmail.com.
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