Welcome to DPI/AP
Dear National Council members,
It is a pleasure of the special committee in charge of organizing the coming general assembly of DPI to declare that the World Assembly is to take place in 19th -20th March 2016 in Beirut (Lebanon).
Main theme of the General Assembly: Disability and post 2015 SDG.
Please confirm your participation to Mr. Jean Luc Simon, committee secretary, with the required document for participation.
Jean Luc Simon
Disabled People’s International (DPI)
C/O: Groupement des Personnes Handicapées (GFPH)
45, Rue Riquet, Appt. 664, 75019 , Paris, France
Telephone: +33(0)1-40-05-10-90 / +33(0)6-12-92-90-53
Letter of Announcement DPI General Assembly 2016 Download the document
Message from the DPI Chair, July 2015
The DPI World Council Members for having elected me as the Interim Chair at their extraordinary World Council Meeting which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from June 28- June 30th 2015, in order to restore the dignity and lost glory of our beloved organization (Disabled People’s International DPI) on the basis of our shared values and principles, which are democracy and mutual support in respect of each one whatever his/her abilities, origin, gender, religion or social appurtenance.
The DPI member BPKS and the people with disabilities from Bangladesh who mobilized their resources to host this meeting in Dhaka within 29 days, I would like to sincerely thank them for having organized everything including food and accommodation for the participants in an efficient manner.
Decided on May 28 and noticed on May 29 and 30 to all the World Council Members elected by the 6 regional Assemblies, this extraordinary meeting is a clear demonstration of our effort and ability to decide, to act and to engage changes. I would like to also acknowledge and commend the World Council Members from 9 countries who made their travel expenses from their own resources, and 10 others who sent their proxies with their proposals for the future of DPI and with 3 who had participated in the discussions through Internet Communications Systems.
This challenge was followed by the adoption of a clear and determined statement and a list of decisions that mark a new future for our dear organization, and an action plan to reaffirm our common values and to lead DPI through to its next World Assembly. DPI will endeavour to lead disabled people around the world to their inclusion in society through lobbying and advocating for the implementation of the UNCRPD and all other international and national instruments for the building of a sustainable, peaceful and better world for all. DPI will ensure transparency and accountability in all its undertakings/dealings.
Interim Chairperson of DPI
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We are saddened to report the death of Mr.Frank Mulcahy passed away on Sunday, 19 July. 2015 at his home and surrounded by his family,
As many of you know, Frank Mulcahy has been historically one of DPI’s greatest leaders, to whom we are all indebted for his major contributions, both for the establishment and functioning the European Disability Forum and the CRPD
On behalf of Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region. We thank God and Frank’s family for such a wonderful gift to the disability rights in European and beyond.
Indian disability rights activist Javid Abidi has been removed as the chair of Disabled People’s International (DPI) in a “DPI World Council extraordinary meeting held in Bangladesh late last month.”
A statement issued by the Council noted: “We have deep concerns about the unity, status and image of DPI as a constitutional, transparent and democratic organisation and strongly believe that this image has been damaged as a result of the autocratic leadership style of DPI chair Javed Abidi.”
Listing out the reasons for the move the Council noted that most decisions in the name of DPI have been taken unilaterally by the chair without any approval by the World Council and consultation with the executive officers. “Among others, this includes closing of the official seat of DPI in Canada and running the organisation by a non-DPI staff in Delhi and without an executive director. The dismissal of DPI executive director without the consent of the world council as stated in the Constitution that has caused damaging effects on DPI work and prestige and relationship with major funders.”
Abidi’s unconstitutional intervention in countries where DPI is established by revoking elected leadership and replacing it by a new one were also detrimental noted the Council.
The World Council has decided to elect DPI vice-chair Rachel Kachaje as a DPI acting chair for an interim period until the coming world assembly where the election of a new chair will take place.
Disability Rights Fund Releases Second 2015 Request for Proposals for Bangladesh, Pacific Island Countries, Rwanda, and Uganda
To achieve the goal that persons with disabilities participate fully in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities, Disability Rights Fund's 2015 “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015” grant cycle consists of two grant rounds.
Grant Guidelines - Overview
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Europe.
The 2015 “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:
1. Round One: The first grantmaking round consisted of a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar.
2. Round Two: The second grantmaking round consists of a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for Bangladesh and Uganda and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Rwanda and the Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu). Applicants from Bangladesh and Uganda must be invited to apply. Information about the RFP is described in more detail below.
The deadline for applications is August 20, 2015.
Explanation of the Request for Proposals process for Round Two follows:
Please visit for more information www.disabilityrightsfund.org