Pushing boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion

29 January 2020, The Hague

What is the best way to strengthen political participation of people facing marginalisation and discrimination in the global South? How can unheard voices be amplified and connected in efforts to leave no one behind? What evidence exists about effective advocacy methods and collaborations?

At the ‘Pushing boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion’ conference over 200 professionals, activists, policy makers, media and academics exchanged knowledge, experiences and emerging insights on advocacy for inclusion. Key themes were the success factors of advocacy, the importance of intersectionality and the roles of Northern and Southern organisations in advocacy networks.


Outcomes of the 'Voices for Inclusion' learning trajectory:
Building an inclusive society, Experiences from the field

Outcomes of the 'Breaking down Barriers to inclusion' learning trajectory:
Pushing boundaries in disability advocacy, Breaking down Barriers to inclusion, Elbers W. (editor) (2020)

Opening speech: Ton Dietz

Presentation Prof. dr. Ton Dietz, African Studies Centre Leiden:
Disabled and ultra-poor: not just economics and politics

Speakers: Anneke Donker, Willem Elbers

Presentation Anneke Donker, Liliane Foundation and Dr. Willem Elbers, African Studies Centre Leiden/Radboud University:
Redefining advocacy. Persons with disabilities as agents of change

Key note speaker: Duncan Green

Presentation Prof. dr. Duncan Green, Oxfam GB:
In Whose Name and to What Effect? Accountability and Impact in Advocacy

Moderator: Clarice M.D. Gargard

Photos: John van Hamond


This conference is part of two ongoing learning trajectories on advocacy:

'Breaking down Barriers’ was initiated by the Liliane Foundation and the African Studies Centre (Leiden University) in 2015 to identify the success factors of advocacy for disability advocacy.

• The ‘Voices for Inclusion’ project is a collaboration between the Liliane Foundation, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development and Voice focusing on learning and cooperation between different rightsholders groups advocating for their inclusion and to have their rights respected.