Together for Inclusion (TOFI) is a joint programme that addresses barriers to inclusion and creates broad disability inclusion practises within the areas of Inclusive Education, Economic Empowerment and Human Rights Advocacy.
TOFI connects mainstream development actors to the disability movement in Uganda with the aim of creating synergies and opportunities for knowledge sharing between the partners involved. The programme additionally complements our partners’ ongoing projects in order to make their work more disability inclusive.
TOFI Uganda is led by NAD and consists of Save the Children, the Stromme Foundation, the Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NFU), the Norwegian association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (RHF), and NAD.
All components of the programme are designed and implemented in partnership with Ugandan Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs).
Together for Inclusion’s key areas of focus
Most persons with disabilities in Uganda are deprived of an equal access to quality education and economic opportunities, and are excluded from decision-making processes and community development.
The Together for Inclusion programme focuses on three areas to promote equal rights and full participation for all:
Using existing methods and models that have been developed and tested over time, the programme aims to empower DPOs and their role in improving access to education and financial services, as well as their advocacy for general human rights.
In the Inclusive Education (IE) component, TOFI uses the IE School Development Approach developed by NAD and the Enabling Education Network (EENET). The approach emphasises that all children, including children with disabilities, have the right to access education that is inclusive, removes barriers to learning, respects rights, and leads to fulfilment of potential.
In the Economic Empowerment (EEP) component, TOFI uses the iSAVE model developed by NAD, the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) and the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU). iSAVE is about making persons with disabilities economically independent, socially recognised and included within their own communities through an inclusive microfinance programme.
In Human Rights Advocacy (HRA), the focus is on empowering and building the advocacy skills of DPOs, as well as on developing a common national advocacy platform for both mainstream NGOs and DPOs.
TOFI Uganda is a collaboration between three Norwegian DPOs, two Norwegian NGOs and seven Ugandan partner organisations. Together, we address barriers to inclusion and facilitate change for persons with disabilities.
National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU)
Enabling Education Network (EENET)
Save the Children Norway
Save the Children Uganda
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association Uganda (SHAU)
Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NFU)
Stromme Foundation Norway & Stromme Foundation East Africa
Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) PEWOSA
– Project to Empower Women through Saving and Loan Associations
Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD)
African Evangelistic Enterprises Uganda (AEE)
Together for Inclusion is a consortium consisting of Norwegian Disabled People’s Organisations, their local partner DPOs and some of Norway’s largest NGOs. The TOFI consortium is led by the Atlas Alliance and sponsored by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). TOFI takes place in six sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South-Sudan and Uganda. NAD takes part in TOFI Somalia, led by Save the Children, and TOFI Uganda, where NAD is country lead. Read more on the TOFI consortium on the Atlas Alliance’s websites.