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CSF Funds Capacity Building for Citizens Observatories in Ecuador

Under its Demand for Good Governance window, the Social Development Civil Society Fund (CSF) is funding the National Federation of Ecuadorians with Physical Disabilities (FENEDIF) to conduct institutional capacity building of three citizen observatories to monitor the rights of people with disabilities. In 2010, FENEDIF conducted urban and rural stakeholder consultations in Ecuadorian provinces to identify areas most relevant to persons with disabilities. The citizen observatories will monitor and disseminate indicators in six areas identified through this participatory mechanism:  i) labor force inclusion, ii) access to health, iii) access to education, iv) political participation, v) communication, and vi) access to justice. Information on these indicators will be collected under the framework of the Access the Public Information Law. Additionally, the observatories hope to contribute to reforms considered for the Conditional Cash Transfer program, by monitoring the functioning of its components targeting people with disabilities. Lastly, by raising awareness about the observatories, FENEDIF aims to position the observatories as regional social intermediaries between persons with disabilities and state institutions.


The project was launched on June 15, 2011 with the participation of the World Bank Ecuador Country Office, the Civil Society Fund, FENEDIF and representatives of the citizen observatories. FENEDIF President, Xavier Torres, delivered opening remarks on the importance of access and inclusion for persons with disabilities in education, health and the labor force. Nelly Endara, the Coordinator for the Citizen Observatories at FENEDIF, made a presentation detailing the objectives, activities and expected outcomes of the project, followed by remarks from representatives of the observatories. Maria Dolores Arribas Banos, the Resident Representative of the World Bank in Ecuador, concluded the event by stressing the importance of government inclusion and promotion for persons with disabilities to realize their personal, social and professional potential.  


Quito, Ecuador: A launch event was held on June 15, 2011 to initiate the CSF-funded proposal on strengthening the capacities of citizen observatories to monitor the rights of people with disabilities.


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