Partner with Us
SAFOD and its co-organizers - AfriNEAD and University of Washington - are open to proposals for partnerships with other institutions that may be willing to either co-host the event, or simply provide some support towards the hosting of the event (without necessarily co-hosting).
Institutions may be academia (universities), Government agencies, donor agencies, or any institution that works to promote disability rights and/or inclusive development, or subscribes to the vision of SAFOD.
Partnerships may be in the form of financial contribution towards the cost of organizing the event, human resource contribution (including volunteers), technical support and advice, and other logistical support such as publicizing the event.
There is a consensus that assistive technology can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of persons with disabilities and their families, as well as on the broader socio-economic benefits. Yet, today, only 1 in 10 people in need have access to assistive technology due to high costs and a lack of awareness, availability, trained personnel, policy, and financing, according to World health Organization (WHO). For this reason, the AT sector is now one of the most critical areas that different stakeholders are beginning to put more concerted efforts as they advance the disability mainstreaming agenda.
SAFOD and its co-organizers believe that the SAATE will unearth critical issues and recommendations affecting the AT sector that will ultimately help to increase access to affordable and appropriate ATs in Southern Africa and even beyond. SAFOD and its co-organizers are therefore open to longer-term partnerships with like-minded institutions before, during and after the event.