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Spain Cooperation Agency launches a guide to integrate disability in projects in Paraguay

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Including the perspective of disability in cooperation interventions and projects in Paraguay is the objective of a guide presented this Friday by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), to which a series of guidelines have been adapted before the situations caused by the coronavirus.

The guide materials, which can be downloaded for free from the Aecid website, maintain an approach based on human rights, gender and cultural diversity, along with development cooperation policies and the regulatory framework at the national and international level. All as part of a tool aimed at cooperation agencies, civil society organizations and public institutions to insert that perspective of disability in their projects.

“It is a guide that will contribute to the fulfillment of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is a very participatory tool that will contribute to promoting inclusion in its broadest sense, as a concept,” the representative of the Aecid in Paraguay, Fernando Rey.

Rey highlighted the fact that the guide has been adapted to the coronavirus situation that Paraguay also suffers and thereby guarantee the rights of people with disabilities during the pandemic. “It is a very current guide when adapting the circumstances of the covid,” Rey said.

A total of 21 representatives of Paraguayan cooperation agencies and civil society organizations interested in strengthening strategies in public services and policies for equal rights took part in the virtual launch.

The project is funded by the European Union and is carried out globally by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policies (Fiiapp), and at the local level by Aecid.

Among the contents of the guide there are sections dedicated to strategic and operational planning processes, as well as resources and good practice references that could help define work strategies with the sector of people with disabilities.

Likewise, the implementation of consultation instruments is sought to support the processes of preparation and evaluation of projects and programs in general, and to install the perspective of transversal disability in them.

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