African Disability Forum (ADF) holds first General Assembly

November 11, 2015   World

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Launch of the 1st Africa Disability ForumBrussels  —Delegates from 30 organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in Africa, members of the African Disability Forum (ADF), held their first General Assembly meeting, 31 Oct.-1 Nov. 2015 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya.  ADF is the pan-African membership organization of DPOs at continental, sub-regional and national levels, created to unify and amplify the voice of persons with disabilities in Africa and strengthen the technical capacity of their organizations. 

Until this meeting, Africa was the only region of the world without a democratic, representative, regional disability forum of member DPOs.During the meeting the ADF draft Constitution and Bylaws were formally adopted, and members of the first ADF Executive Council were elected. The 9-member Executive Council includes:

-      Mr. Shuaib Chalklen (South Africa), Chairperson

-      Mr. Idriss Alzouma Maiga (Niger), Vice-Chair

-      Ms. Rachel Kachaje (Malawi), Secretary

-      Mr. Pawlos Kassu (Ethiopia), Treasurer

-      Ms. Judith Ekaete Umoh (Nigeria), Representative for women with disabilities

-      Mr. Michael Njenga (Kenya), Representative for youth with disabilities

-      Ms. Fatma Wangare (Kenya), Representative for families having a member with a disability

-      Mr. Ayassou Komivi (Togo), Representative for elderly persons with disabilities and other under-represented groups

-      Ms. Ferozia Hosaneea (Mauritius)

At the opening of the General Assembly meeting, messages of support were delivered by:

-      Ms. Judy Heumann, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State

-      Mr. Mukhtar Alshibani, President,  Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) Foundation

-      Ms. Jeannette Kah Le Guil, Representative of the Consortium of African Diasporas in the United States for the Social and Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities (CADUS)

ADF has received member applications from 46 DPOs, including the following:

-      African Union of the Deaf (AUD)

-      Inclusion Africa

-      Disabled Women in Africa (DIWA)

-      Pan-African Federation of the Disabled (PAFOD)

-      African Federation of the DeafBlind (AFDB)

-      Pan-African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANUSP)

-      African Youth with Disabilities Network (AYWDN)

-      African Down Syndrome Network (ADSN)

-      Eastern Africa Federation of the Disabled (EAFOD)

-      Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)

-      West African Federation of Persons with Disabilities (WAFOD)

-      Central African Federation of Persons with Disabilities (CAFOD)

-      Algeria - Fédération Nationale Algérienne des Personnes Handicapées


-      Angola - Associacâo Nacional de Deficientes Angolanos (ANDA)

-      Benin - Fédération des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du Bénin


-      Botswana - Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD)

-      Burkina Faso - Fédération Burkinabé des Associations des Personnes

Handicapées (FEBAH)

-      Burundi - Union des Personnes Handicapées du Burundi (UPHB)

-      Cameroun - Plateforme Nationale des Organisations de Promotion des

Personnes Handicapées du Cameroun

-      Cameroun - Union Nationale des Associations de et Pour Personnes

Handicapées du Cameroun (UNAPHAC)

-      Congo - Union Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du

Congo (UNHACO)

-      Cote d’Ivoire - Confédération des Organisations des Personnes Handicapées

de Cote d’Ivoire (COPHCI)

-      Equatorial Guinée - ASSONAMI

-      Ethiopia - Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with

Disabilities (FENAPD)

-      Gabon - Fédération Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées

du Gabon (FNAPHG)

-      Guinea - Réseau guinéen des organisations de personnes handicapées pour 

la promotion de la convention sur les droits des personnes handicapées (ROPACIDPH)

-      Guinea - Fédération Guinéen des Associations de/pour les personnes

handicapées (FEGUIPAH)

-      Kenya - United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK)

-      Lesotho - Lesotho National Federation of Organizations of the Disabled


-      Malawi - Federation of Disability Organizations of Malawi (FEDOMA)

-      Mali - Fédération Malienne des Associations de Personnes Handicapées

-      Mauritania - Fédération Mauritanienne des Associations Nationales de

Personnes Handicapées (FEMANPH)

-      Mozambique - Mozambique Federation of the Disabled (FAMOD)

-      Namibia - National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN)

-      Niger - Fédération Nigérienne des Personnes Handicapées (FNPH)

-      Nigeria - Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD)

-      Rwanda - National Union of Disability Organisations of Rwanda (NUDOR)

-      Sao Tome e Principe - Associação dos Deficientes de Sao Tomé e Príncipe

-      Sénégal - Fédération Sénégalaise des Associations de Personnes

Handicapées (FSAPH)

-      Somalia - Somalia/Somaliland Disability Network (SOSODIN)

-      South Africa - South Africa Disability Alliance (SADA)

-      Tanzania - Tanzania Federation of Disabled Peoples Organisations

-      Tchad - Union Nationale des Associations des Personnes Handicapées du

Tchad (UNAPHT)

-      Togo - Fédération Togolaise des Personnes Handicapées (FTPH)

-      Uganda - National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU)

-      Zambia - Zambia Federation of the Disabled (ZAFOD)


The ADF, now formally established, will work closely with the African Union, the United Nations and its specialized organizations, key international and regional disability organizations including the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and the European Disability Forum (EDF), as well as with African development organizations and academic institutions. Further information about ADF is available from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.