HI in Algeria works to improve the inclusion and socio-economic integration of vulnerable people and people with disabilities. We support capacity building and civil society advocacy, promoting new themes such as inclusive education, social inclusion, and inclusive local development.
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Actions in process
HI works with Saharaoui health partners to improve the rehabilitation care provided to people with disabilities in refugee camps. We train nurses and other health professionals, help to identify people with disabilities and ensure they have access to high quality services.
HI aims to improve access to education for children with disabilities both in specialist institutions, and within the mainstream school system. This involves providing training in inclusive teaching methods for school teachers and raising awareness amongst parents and carers of the importance of educations.
In 2018, HI launched two projects aimed at improving rural livelihoods. This involves training and coaching small-scale farmers and artisans from vulnerable populations to enable them to join professional networks and improve the quality and profitability of sustainable production.
Situation of the country
Although the situation and perception of people with disabilities is changing in Algeria, their integration into society remains insufficient.
Legislation protecting people with disabilities is relatively advanced and the country ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. However, full implementation of these texts has yet to be achieved.
Algerian civil society, aware of these changes and the opportunities offered, is gradually organizing itself. Disabled People’s Organisations have gradually developed their capacity to structure, find funding for their actions and conduct advocacy to uphold the rights of people with disabilities. However, they require additional technical and organisational support.