Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) has said equipping leadership of disability organisations with skills will enhance advocacy on rights of people with disabilities in the country.
Speaking last Tuesday at Liwonde in Machinga during leadership training for Fedoma member organisations from Balaka and Machinga, Fedoma head of programmes Simon Munde said advocating rights of people with disabilities and requires strong selfless leadership.
“We want to instill quality leadership skills and a strong understanding of resource mobilisation which will help in sustaining disability organisations,” he said.
Munde said some organisations have been facing challenges due to poor leadership, hence the training.
Fedoma coordinator for Advocacy for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Local Government Programmes Perpetual Chikondi-Mtamula said district disability forums (DDFs) have not performed satisfactorily because they lacked requisite skills.
“DDFs have reached out to authorities and duty-bearers to advocate and fight for rights of school children with disabilities, economic empowerment, social services and quality healthcare, but still more they needed to be capacitated,” he said.
Advocacy for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Local Government Programmes project is being funded by United States Agency for International Development through Counterpart International.