The Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance is a network of over 200 independently managed Cheshire organisations.
Persons with disabilities must not be left behind in the response to this pandemic. We have critical concerns that this crisis will result in a reversal of gains made in inclusive education and meaningful employment as well as how social protection adaptations will be inclusive and how persons with disabilities will access information and support services.
This briefing aims to outline what the Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance believes are the most urgent challenges in response to Covid-19.
What is the Global Alliance
In 1955, our founder Leonard Cheshire travelled to India to set up the first Cheshire organisation outside of the UK.
Over 60 years later, our founder’s global legacy stretches to over 200 organisations across 54 countries. Having a shared founder has led to the Cheshire organisations seeing themselves as part of a wider family, with shared values and similar goals.
We're an equal member of the Global Alliance and have no authority or supervisory function over other Cheshire organisations. Each Cheshire organisation has its own independent governance structure and individual NGO status.
The Alliance are united by a desire to change attitudes towards disability around the world, supporting each other through sharing skills and experience. We work in partnership with many of the members to deliver our international education and work projects.
You can read more about the journey of the Global Alliance and its current objectives in the Global Alliance Vision 2016-2020.
Structure of the Global Alliance
The Global Alliance is supported by a secretariat based at our UK head office. The secretariat helps the alliance to share learning and good practice.
Global Alliance members in each country are usually organised in national councils at country level and in regional councils across seven regions:
- The Americas
- East and North Africa
- Southern Africa
- West Africa
- East Asia and the Pacific
- South Asia
An international steering committee comprising all Regional Chairs and the International Director of Leonard Cheshire, often referred to as the Global Alliance Council, meets annually to progress the Vision.
Further details on the roles and responsibilities of the Global Alliance can be found in the Global Alliance Constitution.