15 percent of the world's population lives with a disability. Vulnerable groups like women, elderly and poor people are disproportionally affected. 20 percent of people in low income earning countries have a disability (World report on disability, WHO 2011). People in these parts of the world face higher risks of becoming disabled, have fewer prospects to manage their disability and face multiple barriers when living with disability.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to eliminate poverty by 2030. To achieve this, people with disabilities must be included.

DARE THIS works for a world where people with disabilities can enjoy their rights and equal opportunities and are empowered to influence the decisions that affect them.

We understand disability, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UN, 2006) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001), as an evolving concept where people with an impairment in interaction with contextual factors may be hindered or facilitated to fully and equally participate in society. We work in line with and contribute towards achieving the SDGs.


Our main strategies are:

  • Prevention of impairment

  • In Leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • Empowerment to self-care

  • Inclusive multi-impairment self-care groups

  • Access to health services

  • Environmental safety

  • Community-based inclusive approaches to rehabilitation and development

  • Participatory approaches to health, education, livelihood and social life

  • Enabling and accessible environments

  • Accessible referral and information systems

  • Rights-based approaches to advocacy

  • Sustainable livelihood approaches

  • Disability and human rights

  • Self-advocacy

  • Knowledge, attitude and practices in society towards persons with disability

  • Stigma reduction

  • Social protection

  • Improved data on disability

  • Accessibility

  • Equal access to services (physical and information)

  • Accessible infrastructures in travel, leisure, culture, sport


Our services include:

  • Research and research assistance

  • Project and program evaluations

  • Baseline studies, (participatory) need assessments

  • Training for government workers and other stakeholders

  • Capacity building and organizational support for Disabled People Organisations (DPOs)

  • Training for self-care and self-help group facilitators

  • Accessibility surveys

  • Project monitoring and support