Barbara winning a charity award


We are thrilled that our former Chief Executive Barbara Frost has become a Dame in the Queen's birthday honours list in recognition for services to the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries and constantly championing disability inclusion.

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Welcome to our new CEO.

ADD International has appointed Jimmy Innes as its new CEO, starting in September 2017.

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Making Markets work

Market-based solutions are frequently touted as the way for people living in poverty to engage in economic activities that will improve their livelihoods and self-reliance. But the uncomfortable reality is that the benefits of many economic empowerment programmes often fall to the ‘already better-off’.

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Parallel participants cheering.

Parallel London 2017.

ADD International is taking part in Parallel London 2017, the world's only fully inclusive walk/push/run event! Will you join us as part of team ADD? 

Parallel London is designed for all ages and abilities.

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A benglai woman and her daughter

Protecting disabled women and girls.

For disabled women gender-based violence and disability discrimination intersect to create brutal barriers to wellbeing. ADD International has launched a new paper on the invisible violence against women with disabilities.

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Sylvie Cordier
Pushpa Rani.

I am Pushpa Rani.

Pushpa had pneumonia when she was 8 years old, and lost all movement in her legs. Pushpa gives us her first hand account of how this has affected her life, and what it means to be a woman with a disability. 

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Laura Macchietto
Jasmine smiling at camera

Celebrating success.

We are thrilled that our Director of International Development Jasmine O'Connor is receiving an OBE today in recognition for her work supporting human rights. 

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Susie Bennett
A woman in Uganda waters her crops

Can markets work for people living in extreme poverty?

As leaders of governments, businesses and INGOs gather for Davos this week, foremost on their agenda should be how to reach the 800 million people trapped in extreme poverty and living on less than $1.90 a day. Many of these people are highly marginalized due to their gender, disability, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, sexuality, caste or geographic isolation. As well as being a great injustice, this represents a huge pool of unrealised human potential.

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Susie Bennett
ADD International logo

The end of an era

2017 WaterAid UK announced that it has appointed Tim Wainwright, ADD International’s current CEO, to take over from their Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, who retires in May of this year.

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Ashik and Israfil laughing side by side.

Ashik and Israfil’s story.

Ashik and his little brother Israfil are both disabled. When their mother abandoned them and their father refused to let them go to school, they're future seemed bleak. 

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Laura Macchietto
Group photo of people at the Olympic park, smiling

Join us for Parallel 2016.

We would love to invite you to join us on Sunday 4 September, at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, to take part in Parallel London, the first ever fully inclusive sponsored run/push/walk event in the world. Tim, our chief executive, will also be taking part with his family.

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Virginia Tarozzi
Hands of person handling medicine

How community mental health works in Nepal.

The project team behind the Mental Health programme in Bangladesh has visited Nepal, to explore what is happening in other places to support people with mental health issues. 

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Mahajabin Khan
Disabled people in an audience

A cross disability federation in Khartoum.

Khartoum, capital of Sudan, finally witnessed the birth of a Cross Disability Federation, a body that gather all people with disabilities living in Khartoum. Our colleague Mozaffar has interviewed the president of this new organisation to find out more, Mr. Abdallah Hassan Awad.

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Mozaffar Khinder
Group of children smiling at camera and saying YES

Is Uganda ready to Leave no one behind?

Uganda and other countries have volunteered to be scrutinised at the United Nations, to check whether they are ready to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the overarching principle of 'leave no one behind'. How is Uganda doing? Here's what civil society thinks. 

Georgia Montague-Nelson
People sitting at the UN Assembly

The new CRPD Committee.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention. On 15 June, nine new representitves were elected. We congratulate them and we're sure they'll do a great job in monitoring the implementation of the Convention. Unfortunately, out of 18 members, only one is a woman.

Sylvie Cordier
Snapshot of video

Video: 30 years of supporting disability activists.

ADD International was officially born as Action on Disability and Development in 1986. At the time, the founder, Chris Underhill, was told "it will fail". Thirty years on, ADD International is still around. We operate in Africa and Asia supporting disability activist and helping to build effective movements for change.

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Virginia Tarozzi