SAFOD is a leading Southern African disability-focused network engaged in coordination of activities of organisations of Persons with Disabilities in the Southern Africa region.
The organisation was formed in 1986 by disabled people for disabled people as a federation of Disability Peoples Organisations (DPOs) with a strong presence in 10 countries. In each of these countries, we coordinate our programs and activities through "National Federations of Disabled Peoples Organisations (NFDPOs)".
We pursue the following mission statement: "The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled is an organisation that advocates for the rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as nurturing and strengthening its affiliates and other stakeholders in Southern Africa to ensure promotion of inclusive development and human rights for persons with disabilities."
SAFOD has successfully implemented activities and programmes, delivering on its mission of strengthening DPOs in SAFOD member countries through training, research, coordination, information-sharing, promotion of human rights and stimulating persons with disabilities' political and social development.
Currently, we coordinate our programs and activities through our national affiliates in 10 countries within the Southern Africa region. In each of these countries, our focus is mainly to strengthen the capacity of our affiliates so that they are able to effectively advocate for the rights of the persons with the disabilities in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); lobby for inclusive policies and programs; and many other activities.
(1) To mobilize resources
(2) To carry out on-line campaigns
(3) To document issues on-line
(4) Translation of key documents (including website) into Portuguese
(5) To develop research proposals and/or tools
(6) To facilitate capacity building initiatives for our national affiliates in any of the ten countries where we work.
Under our new International Volunteer Program, the volunteers will be placed either at the Regional Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, or at an office/location of any of the ten SAFOD’s national affiliates in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Botswana, in particular, a volunteer may choose to directly work at the SAFOD’s affiliate, known as the Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD), if the goal is to support BOFOD rather than SAFOD Secretariat per se, or may work at the SAFOD Secretariat if the intention is to support any of the current SAFOD’s eight programs and/or activities.
For volunteers applying to work at either the SAFOD Secretariat or BOFOD office, there will be a small administrative fee (US$350 per month) which will contribute towards the monthly accommodation expenses for the prospective volunteers (they will stay in a shared apartment), including other logistical expenses such as security at the apartment, transport to and from office; internet facility within the apartment, utilities like electricity and water; among other things. For volunteers applying to work in any of the other nine countries, the SAFOD Secretariat will offer to facilitate and liaise with its affiliate in that particular country in terms of logistics (accommodation, transport, etc.), so the monthly administrative fees that the prospective volunteers can pay would therefore vary from one country to another.
In any case, SAFOD will allow a minimum of three volunteers at a time in each country so that neither SAFOD, nor our affiliates, nor the volunteers themselves are overburdened with the costs of managing the programme (we want to keep the costs as low as possible) until such a time when SAFOD secures funding from elsewhere to subside the programme costs.
For volunteers applying to work at either the SAFOD Secretariat or BOFOD office, there will be a small administrative fee (US$350 per month). More information about how costs will be used is detailed under the "Description of what we provide" section.
Our online volunteer program is called "Internet Sem Limites Programme." This is Portuguese which simply means "without limit" in English. Under this volunteering model, volunteers will be provided with the opportunity to contribute by sharing and utilizing their knowledge and skills that will impact communities, especially persons with disabilities in the countries where SAFOD operates. Volunteering work may include, for example, to mobilize resources, to carry out an on-line campaign, to document issues on-line, to translate SAFOD web pages into Portuguese and other key languages, just to mention a few examples of the work that the online volunteers will be expected to undertake.
Individuals from around the world interested in disability issues and disability volunteer work in Southern Africa, but do not have enough information about disability issues related to the region, SAFOD has created a unique opportunity. We are organizing the Southern Africa Round Table Forum from 20th to 23rd June 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa which will bring together national federations of DPOs who are members of SAFOD from ten countries, government representatives fron the whole region, disability researchers & academicians and the private sector, to reflect and re-evaluate the work of SAFOD and the disability movement over the past three decades. The forum can be an eye opener for future or potential volunteers in the disability sector, and can also become a networking opportunity with disability organisations in the region. More information can be accessed here: http://disabilityroundtable.org/