HI in Algeria acts as a mediator and facilitator between public authorities and local civil society organizations, such as associations representing the rights of people with disabilities; supporting capacity building and civil society advocacy. In recent years, HI has been encouraging improvements in areas such as inclusive education, social inclusion and inclusive local development.
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Actions in process
HI works with children with disabilities in Algeria to improve the care they receive, both in specialist institutions, and within the mainstream school system. Since 2015, parents, the media, and education stakeholders have been exposed to positive messages on the universal right to education (all children have the right to attend school) and teachers have received training in inclusive teaching and learning techniques (methods to enable children with disabilities to follow lessons).
The organisation works in southern Algeria with the Sahrawi refugees. HI improves the accessibility of rehabilitation care for people with disabilities and is improving early identification of disabilities and impairments amongst children under 5.
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. Disability groups have gradually developed their capacity to find funding for their actions and conduct advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities. However, they require additional technical and organisational support.