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Active Involvement of the Organisations of People With Disabilities and Chronic Patient in Local and National Networks to Represent their Common Interests

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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Activity Support Measure (2009-2014)

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The project will lead to the implementation of the program, which aims to support non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities to respect human right of this target under the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities. Thus will strengthen the civil society in Latvian, as well as provide a regular and long-term disability NGOs participation in policy-making and decision-making process at both national and local levels. It will strengthen local and regional disability NGO institutional and human resource capacity.
To achieve this goal contact information will be collected and structured about local and regional disability organisations. Activities will be carried out to increase the capacity of these organisations - by providing information on governmental activities taking place in the country in relation to disability on local and national levels, by giving skills and knowledge on preparation of opinions and representation of their views together with other organisations.
Strong and knowledgeable local and regional disability organisations, however, is very essential for successful and efficient work of umbrella organisation by representing both the greater diversity of opinions and views of all Latvian regions.
The project implementation will lead to the organised civil society of organization of people with disabilities, which will be able to represent interests of this target group at various levels of decision making process.

Project results: The Project was necessary because the non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities are still quite week in Latvia. The capacity of these organisations especially in the country side is quite low and they are not always able participate in the local or regional decision making process on the same bases as everybody else.
Aim of the project was to support non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities to respect human right of this target under the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities.
The following activities have been carried out:
1. The contact information of 76 local and regional disability organisations was collected and structured to start local and regional networks of different organisations.
2. 4 meetings with SUSTENTO member organizations representative were organized (23 participants per each meeting).
3. Participation in 2 meetings of European Disability Forum.
4. The Conference for the leaders of the non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities was organized, 57 participants.
5. The International Day for people with disabilities with 70 representatives was organized in the Parliament of Latvia.
6. Participation in 3 working groups of the Ministry of Health. Two opinions were provided.
7. Participation in 2 working groups of the Ministry of Welfare. Two opinions were provided.
8. 2 workshops of capacity building for local and regional NGO of people with disabilities were organized, 73 participants.
9. Three new organizations joined to the SUSTENTO association.
10. Three projects proposals were created and submitted to different donors.
11. There was one enterprise which donated EUR 1000.00 for SUSTENTO operational work.
As result stronger and more knowledgeable local and regional disability organisations now are part of the national disability network. It is very essential for successful and efficient work of umbrella organisation to represent both the greater diversity of opinions and views of all Latvian regions.
Thus the civil society in Latvia was strengthened, as well as a regular and long-term disability NGOs participation in policy-making and decision-making process at both national and local levels was provided.
SUSTENTO widely disseminated information including publicity materials about the significant role of EEA Financial Mechanism in Latvian non-governmental sector development.

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2012.EEZ/DAP/MAC/040
Project approval date: 15.09.2014.
Project contract date: 18.12.2014.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: Association "The Latvian Umbrella Body of Disability Organisations SUSTENTO"
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Place(s) of implementation: Rīga
Project implementation region(s): Whole Latvia
Project duration, months: 12
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 23992.19 EUR / 16 861.81 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 20513.32 EUR / 14 416.84 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 1079.65 EUR / 758.78 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 2399.22 EUR / 1 686.18 LVL;
Legal address: Antonijas 24, Rīga, LV-1010
Phone No.: 26855496
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Website: www.sustento.lv

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