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Bridging the Gap: Programme

Day one

08:15 — 09:00 Registration

09:00 — 09:30 Welcome, opening remarks — Mr Neil Heslop (Leonard Cheshire Disability); Lord Michael Bates (Minister of State, Department for International Development); Ms Judy Heumann (Global Ambassador, Leonard Cheshire Disability)

  • Purpose of the conference – Professor Nora Groce (Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre – LCDIDC)

09:30 — 11:00 Ensuring we leave no one behind: key findings from Bridging the Gap

  • Chair: Professor Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University)
  • Presentation of Findings: Professor Nora Groce (LCDIDC); Professor Joyce Olenja (University of Nairobi); Mr Richard Bwalya (Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Zambia); Dr Mark Carew (LCDIDC); Professor Sophie Mitra (Fordham University)
  • Discussants: Mr Gerard Howe (DFID); Ms Frances Wood (DFID)

11:00 — 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 — 12:30 Findings from policy review: common challenges, trends and opportunities

  • Chair: Dr Raymond Lang (LCDIDC)
  • Presentation of Findings: Ms Winnie Khaemba (African Centre for Technology Studies); Dr Barnabas Chitalu (Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities); Professor Marguerite Schneider (University of Cape Town); Dr Daniel Mont (Center for Inclusive Policy)
  • Discussants: Mr Tomi Lounio (UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa); Ms Sreerupa Mitra (Technical Secretariat of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

12:30 — 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 — 15:00 Addressing the Gaps: strengthening systems and improving accountability

  • Chair: Ms Ola Abu Alghaib (Leonard Cheshire Disability)
  • Presentation of Findings: Mr Anderson Gitonga (United Disabled Persons of Kenya - UDPK); Edson Ngirabakunzi (National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda); Dr John Bosco Asiimwe (Makerere University); Dr Maria Kett (LCDIDC)
  • Discussants: Mr Thorkild Olesen (European Disability Forum); Professor Colm O'Cinneide (University College London); Ms Judy Heumann (Global Ambassador, Leonard Cheshire Disability)

15:00 — 15:30 Coffee break

15:30–16:45 Panel discussion: reflections on findings and innovative solutions to challenges identified by Bridging the Gap

  • Chair: Ms Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, World Bank Group
  • Panel Discussants: Dr Peter Evans (DFID); Mr Richard Boden (DFID); Dr Peter Evans (DFID); Mr Hector Minto (Microsoft); Mr Kiran Kaja (Google)
  • Q&A

16:45 — 17:00 Closing remarks — Mr Neil Heslop (Leonard Cheshire Disability); Professor Nora Groce (LCDIDC); Dr Peter Evans (DFID)

17:00 — 18:30 Drinks reception

Day two

08:15 — 09:00 Registration

09:00 — 09:15 Welcome and recap of day one — Ms Tiziana Oliva (Leonard Cheshire Disability); Professor Nora Groce (Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre – LCDIDC)

09:15 — 10:45 Discussion on household survey data

  • Chair: Dr Daniel Mont (Center for Inclusive Policy)
  • Presentation of findings: Dr John Bosco Asiimwe (Department of Statistics, Makerere University); Mr Richard Bwalya (Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Zambia); Professor Joyce Olenja (School of Public Health, University of Nairobi); Dr Mark Carew (LCDIDC), Professor Sophie Mitra (Fordham University)

10:45 — 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 — 12:15 Levers of Success research: what makes some people with disabilities successful and what do we mean by success?

  • Chair: Professor Nora Groce (LCDIDC)
  • Presentation of findings: Professor Tom Shakespeare (University of East Anglia); Dr Mary Wickenden (University College London); Mr Anderson Gitonga (United Disabled Persons of Kenya); Mr Edson Ngirabakunzi (National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda)

12:15 — 13:00 Panel discussion: African regional and national perspectives

  • Chair: Ms Ola Abu Alghaib (Leonard Cheshire Disability)
  • Panel discussants: Dr Ray Lang (LCDIDC); Professor Marguerite Schneider (University of Cape Town); Ms Winnie Khaemba (African Centre of Technology Studies); Dr Barnabas Chitalu (Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities); Mr Tomi Lounio (UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa)

13:00 — 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 — 15:00 Bridging the gap between DPOs and academia: lessons learned about collaborative research in Africa

  • Chairs: Dr Maria Kett (LCDIDC) and Dr Mark Carew (LCDIDC)
  • Discussants: Professor Joyce Olenja (School of Public Health, University of Nairobi); Mr Anderson Gitonga (United Disabled Persons of Kenya); Dr John Bosco Asiimwe (Makerere University); Mr Richard Bwalya (University of Zambia); Professor Leslie Swartz (Stellenbosch University)

15:00 — 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 — 16:30 Panel discussion: key results and implications for future work

  • Chair: Professor Nora Groce (LCDIDC)
  • Panel Discussants: Dr Tim Conway (DFID); Mr Richard Boden (DFID); Mr Tomi Lounio (UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa); Ms Sreerupa Mitra (Technical Secretariat of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
  • Q&A

16:30 — 17:00 Closing session: next steps — Professor Nora Groce (LCDIDC); Ms Tiziana Oliva (Leonard Cheshire Disability)

Programme is subject to change.