conference programme - Inclusion International

Inclusion Africa
A Movement for Change
28 April - 1 May 2015, Hilton Nairobi Hotel, Kenya
Welcome to Inclusion Africa’s pan-African conference, Building a Movement for Change!
Inclusion Africa, along with Inclusion International, are honoured to have you with us at the
Hilton Nairobi for this exciting conference. The conference programme has been built on the
priorities that you as members and partners of Inclusion Africa have identified:
• Self-advocacy
• Access to Justice
• Political Participation
• Post-2015 development
The conference brings together families, self-advocates, and IA and II partners from across the
region; and, provides participants with an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about how our
movement is initiating and contributing to change in our communities, countries, region and
Inclusion International and Inclusion Africa are proud to welcome Special Olympics to be part of
the conference opening and to sign the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability.
In addition to our regional conference, IA is hosting a special pre-conference self-advocacy
leadership forum on 28 April, 2015, and IA’s General Assembly on Friday 1 May, 2015.
We hope you enjoy the conference. If you have any questions or require assistance please find
one of our IA or II team members.
Invitation to Sign the
Lilongwe Declaration on
Intellectual Disability
Inclusion Africa and Inclusion International
invite all participating organizations to
sign the Lilongwe Declaration. IA and
II will participate in a formal signing of the
Lilongwe Declaration at the conference
opening. Led by Special Olympics, this
important declaration is an ambitious
and critical call to action to all African
governments and stakeholders to begin
addressing the inequities in health,
education, access to social services, and
resource allocation, facing the population
of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
A product of the African Leaders Forum
on Disability, the Lilongwe Declaration
has received support from numerous
international and African organizations
and would welcome the support, and
signature, of all participating organizations.
Organizations will be given an opportunity
to sign the Lilongwe Declaration after the
conference opening.
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Inclusion Africa Self-Advocacy Forum, Building Self-Advocacy in Africa
This one-day forum will explore the development of a strong and vibrant selfadvocacy voice in Africa. As part of an Open Society Institute of East Africa (OSIEA)
funded project, participants will engage in a dialogue about what self-advocacy
efforts exist in Africa and what tools/resources are needed to help build and sustain
self-advocacy networks in Africa. Additionally, participants will hear from selfadvocate leaders from other regions around the world.
Inclusion Africa Board Meeting
Wednesday 29 April 2015
Conference Opening: Leading for Change and the Signing of the Lilongwe
Participants will be welcomed by Kenyan Officials. A Special Olympics athlete will
introduce the Lilongwe Declaration and invite Inclusion International and Inclusion
Africa to sign the Declaration
Participating organizations will have an opportunity to sign the Lilongwe Declaration
during the reception
Thursday 30 April 2015
Opening Keynote: Building a Voice for Change
The opening plenary will include a panel discussion with 4 short keynotes on each of
the conference priority areas and how we are making change in the lives of people
with intellectual disabilities and families.
11:30 – 1:00
Beyond the Ballot Box: Building
Inclusive Civic Engagement
Political participation is more than just
voting on election day. It’s about being
involved in the public and political life
of your country. This session will focus
on the right to political participation for
people with intellectual disabilities and
how to enhance the devleopment of
inclusive civic engagement.
Speak Up; Out; and Together: Building
a self-advocacy voice
Self-advocacy has been identified as a
priority area. Yet, many organizations
continue to struggle with how to support
self-advocacy. This session will include a
presentation on II’s global methodology
on self-advocacy and highlight current
efforts in Africa to build self-advocacy
11:30 - 1:00
Preventing Violence and Promoting
People with intellectual disabilities are
disporportionately vulnerable to violence
and abuse. This session will explore
efforts to ensure access to justice by
people with intellectual disabilities and
their families. Presentations will include
highlights from a pan-African network
on access to justice as well as countrylevel efforts.
Influencing the Post-2015
Development Agenda
The post-2015 development agenda
will have significant implcations for
Africa. This session will include look at
the broader agenda and the particular
implications in the African context. The
session will also highlight the perspective
of development agencies and funders
and the implications at a country/local
1:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 4:00
Inclusive Civic Engagement in Action
This session will highlight examples of
inclusive civic engagement in action
around the world.
Self-advocacy in Action
This session will share examples of selfadvocacy in Action in Africa.
2:30 – 4:00
Access to Justice in Action
This session will look at pan-African
and country-level efforts to advance and
promote access to justice. Particular
examples and cases will be shared
Inclusive Development in our
Community based approaches to
development can support inclusive
development in our communities.
Presenters will share specific examples
of how this is happening.
Closing Plenary: Sustaining a Movement for Change
Ensuring that our movement is lasting and sustainable requires collaboration
at country, regional and international levels. The closing plenary will focus on
partnerships and ensuring the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their
families is heard around the world
The conference will be held at Hilton Nairobi Hotel. Hilton
Nairobi hotel is situated in the city’s central business
district. The hotel is in close proximity to local attractions
including the House of Parliament, major international
companies and organizations, prime shopping malls and
the famous local curio shops, which are all within walking
distance from the hotel.
Meals &
Tea and coffee will be served at the meeting venue during
the conference days. Lunch is included in the conference
French translation:
French language interpretation services will be provided
for our colleagues from the French speaking countries for
the opening (29th evening), all-day on the 30th and the
First Aid: We do not anticipate any mishaps or accidents during this
time. However, in such an event we are in a position to
cater for any minor pains and basic first aid.
If you are obtaining a visa on arrival, a single trip Kenya
visa costs $50 £30 or €40. For day-to-day expenses, you
will need Kenyan Shillings. Reimbursement will be done
upon submission of receipt for visa fee if the fee is not
indicated on the visa stamp in your passport.
If you want to take cash, take your local currency (Sterling
/ Euros / Dollars) and change into Shillings at either
the bank or forex at the airport or at a bank or forex.
The exchange rate at the airport is not brilliant - but is
probably still better than the hotel. The exchange rate at
the ATM will be better but you will be hit with a charge for
using the ATM, and 2.5% to 3% Exchange charge. If you
want to use credit / debit cards, you can also ATMs at the
airport and near the Hilton Hotel.
You will get a better exchange rate in Kenya and you will
get the best rates at a forex. You can keep your cash safe
in the hotel’s safes. If you take your credit/debit card to use in either an ATM
or shop etc, let your card company know you will be
using in Kenya to avoid embarrassment at the till. This
is not the case with ALL credit/debit cards as some allow
transactions without pre-informing them. A word of caution
- althougth credit card payment is widely acceptable at
most major establishments, some charge a levy for non
cash-transactions and others may randomly insist on a ID
so best carry your Passport to avoid embrassment.
Inclusion Africa (IA) is a pan-African, regional
federation of family-based organizations
advocating for the human rights and
full inclusion of persons with intellectual
disabilities and families throughout Africa.
IA was registered with the Civil Society
Commission as an NGO with headquarters
in Nairobi, Kenya in October, 2012 and has
been operating for over ten years.
An African continent where persons with
intellectual disabilities and their families
equally participate in all aspects of life.
Mission Statement:
To advocate for the equal rights and
inclusion of persons with intellectual
disabilities and their families in Africa.
We the board, staff, and members of
Inclusion Africa hold the following values
to be the foundation of our identity as a
community. We pledge ourselves to act, in
the totality of our life together, respect for
the general principles of human rights, in
accordance with these values:
• Equal participation and inclusion
• Respect for human diversity, inherent
dignity, and individual autonomy including
the freedom of choice and independence
• Belief in the potential of persons with
• Transparency and accountability
• Families and self advocates led
• Collaborative partnerships and respect for
Inclusion Africa and Inclusion International gratefully acknowledge support from:
Inclusion International
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London E16 2RD,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)208 223 7709
Fax: +44 (0) 208 223 6081
Email: [email protected]
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