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  • 14-08: Enablement visited The Leprosy Mission Myanmar in July to plan and discuss our 3-year project, which is funded by DaNa. In this project we aim to establish access to micro-credit for people with disabilities (together with BRAC) and assist people with disabilities to become employed. We are very excited about this project and look forward to strengthen the economic position of disabled people in Myanmar. The pictures show a focus group discussion with village people and a market place that we want to make accessible for all people.


  • 20-07: Enablement is now hiring! We are looking for a Project Manager "RehApp" to lead the development of new chapters of the existing RehApp on Spinal Cord Injury. You can find more information on the vacancy here. If you're interested in applying, please send your CV, motivation letter and names/contact details of two referees to m.cornielje(at)enablement.nl 


  • 14-07: Enablement will visit The Leprosy Mission Myanmar to discuss our joint project on employment and income-generation for people with disabilities. More information will follow later.


  • 12-07: Marije Cornielje attended a Summer School on Reproductive Health and Rights in Gent, Belgium. Lectures were provided on a range of SRHR themes among others on LGBTIQQ rights, female genital mutilation, gender inequality, and infertility in an international setting. SRHR as a theme received increasingly more attention and the challenge is to ensure that services and information become inclusive to all.


  • 05-04: Enablement attended the 2-day Spring Meeting of the Leprosy Research Initative in Veendendaal, The Netherlands. During this meeting, projects funded by the LRI were presented and discussed. On Friday Enablement(-Nepal) presented their two LRI-funded projects 'Breaking barriers' (inclusive water management in Nepal) and 'The Role of Christian Churches' (on leprosy-stigma in Nigeria). Both presentations were well received and other participants provided valuable input. If you are interested in our presentations contact us at info(a)enablement.nl


  • 29-03: Marije Cornielje participated in a 3-day training on Inclusive Faciliation organised by Light For The World and Wilde Ganzen. Participants learned tips and tricks on how to include people with different types of disabilities. To demonstrate their new knowledge and skills participants trained a group of people with different types of disabilities in fund raising and lobby and advoacy. 


  • 23-03: Enablement announces its upcoming Monitoring & Evaluation Course to be held in Kathmandu (Nepal) from 21-26 August. The course is organised for policy makers, programme managers and evaluators in the field of CBR and DID who want to improve their monitoring and evaluation skills. Among course content are the PIE Toolkit, Roads to Inclusion tool, and Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting. Read more information here and subscribe before June 15!


  • 31-01: Enablement contributed to development of an Open Online Course titled 'Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy'. The course aims to align global understanding of Cerebral Palsy. Read the Evaluation Report for more information.


  • 09-01: Huib Cornielje visited Vietnam for a 2-day evaluation of the health insurance programme of Achmea Foundation. He also facilitated a 2-day CBR training for representative of Partner Organisations of the Liliane Foundation from Cambodja, Myanmar and Vietnam.


  • 01-01: In the first week of January Enablement together with Enablement-Nepal, MetaMeta, Netherlands Leprosy Relief and Rampur University organised a learning and sharing workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. During this workshop all partners presented results and progress in the LRI research project Nepal on inclusive water management. Lessons learned were shared and the team is working towards finalisation of the project by the end of 2017.


  • 21-12: From the 1st of January 2017 there will be a change of staff in the office of Enablement. Marije Cornielje will be fulltime employed to coordinate the research department. Evert Veldman will leave the company as he will return to his profesion as an occupational therapist working in the field of blindness and visual impairments. 


  • 12-12: Enablement and Plan International jointly embarked on the design of a mobile app - the RehApp. The RehApp provides community workers, professionals doing outreach, persons with disabilities and their caretakers with relevant information on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The app supports the identification of secondary problems related to SCI and guides the design and provision of basic rehabilitation interventions, care and support and, when necessary, suggests referral. The app can freely be downloaded for Android as well as for iPhone. A series of RehApps, following the same framework, on the most prevailing types of disability in low-resource countries is anticipated. Any person or organisation interested in collaborating in this development are more than welcome to contact us.


  • 05-12: The Advocacy for Disability Rights Course, that Enablement developed in collaboration with the Liliane Foundation, has successfully been piloted in Tanzania from 28 November to 2 December in Tanzania. Click to download the report of the pilot ADRC.


  • 23-11: Find Enablement's 2017 Course Calendar in the Capacity Development section of this website.


  • 10-11: A joint publication by Joyce den Besten, Marije and Huib Cornielje and David Bothwey called "Supporting Parents in Caring for Children with Disability in Ghana" has been accepted in the journal Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development Vol 27, No 3. Click to download the article.


  • 25-10: The Liliane Foundation, rehabilitation centre Hoogstraat and Enablement jointly organize "We are able! Parenting of children with disabilities in the global South " on Wednesday 14. December. Download the brochure to find more information on this symposium that aims to share lessons learned with organisations working with parents and children with disabilities in the global South. Only a limited number of seats are available.


  • 21-09: Huib Cornielje contributed to the article "The Potential of a New Understanding for the Field of Leprosy" in the International Textbook of Leprosy. Access the digital textbook.


  • 16-09: Nine participants from Nepal, Nigeria, Timor-Leste and Uganda successfully completed the two-week course Management and Leadership in CBR and DID. During the evaluation they expressed a high appreciation for the variety of adult learning methods, the contemporary practices in CBR and DID such as the PIE toolkit and outcome mapping and the multiple day engagement in working out a practical case study from a management perspective. Not in the least the Dutch hospitality and the catering provided by PrinsHeerlijk, a vocational centre for persons with disabilities, were highly valued.


  • 08-09: In collaboration with ICRC, Handicap International and Enablement, Physiopedia is hosting a new 6 week online course on Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy. The course is FREE to participate and CPD certificates will be awarded to all successful finishers. Read more here.


  • 29-06: Geraldine Halls from Guyana together with Huib Cornielje have been running a 3-day CBR training for participants from the CARICOM and Dutch Caribbean from the 20th to the 22nd of June at Turks & Caicos islands. This highly successful and practical workshop has been the most recent event in a period of 4 consecutive years of promoting CBR in the Caribbean. It started 4 years ago with a training workshop in CBR at St Kits and Nevis; followed by a 1-day conference on Aruba as part of the annual CARPHA conference. This got a follow up last year on Grenada also as part of the annual CARPHA conference. The success is evident and the government of Turks & Caicos was committed to fund this year a 3-day CBR workshop. It is expected that next year, when the CARPHA conference takes place in Guyana, more concrete steps will be made to move towards sustainable CBR development for the region. For more information contact Dr Glenville Liburd of St Kits and Nevis as he is a great source of inspiration and chair of the Caribbean CBR network.


  • 23-06: Huib Cornielje participated in the 3rd international conference “Innovative approaches to working with children with special needs” in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan from the 18 th to the 20 th of May. He presented 2 presentations of which during the plenary session and one in a parallel session on the role of community based rehabilitation in the development and rehabilitation of children with special needs. Following this conference (download report 1.4 MB) he conducted a 3-day training for parents of the Janyryk network of organizations of parents of children with disabilities; a network funded by ICCO-Kerken in Actie and Brot fur die Welt.


  • 22-06: Enablement's annual report 2015 is now also available in a soft-copy. Rather late, than not all. Download annual report 2015 (586 kB).


  • 16-06: Programme National de Réadaptation à Base Communautaire (PNRBC), TLM Congo and CBM jointly stand firm to roll out CBR as a national strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 6-16 June they hosted the first National CBR Course that was conducted by Enablement. Delegates from the organizing bodies as well as from Handicap International, CIRC, HEAL Africa, Caritas and the National Programme for the Elimination of Leprosy (PNEL) have been trained to form a powerful network that will coordinate this national approach. We are delighted to be part of this development.


  • 13-06: Johan Velema with support of Huib Cornielje (and the entire Enablement team) had the privilege to write a guest editorial for the journal Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development. Download: CBR Indicators: Pick and Choose what fits your Purpose (604 kB).


  • 01-06: Glad to inform that our film "CBR for Inclusive Development" is now also available with Russian captions.


  • 23-02: Enablement and Light For The World recently launched the Roads to Inclusion tool to measure progress on disability inclusion in CBR programmes at community level. The tool is tested in three different countries in various CBR programmes. Interested? Try it out yourself! We are keen on receiving your comments.


  • 20-02: During the International Symposium on “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” the PIE toolkit has been launched. In a small consortium Enablement contributed to this new participatory approach for evaluating outcomes and impact of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes. PIE provides a structured but flexible approach for collecting and analysing information about the real changes that CBR has had on the lives of people with disabilities. The entire toolkit, including handbook, can be found here.


  • 09-02: Save the Date: The 2016 Social Forum will be dedicated to the promotion and full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities in the context of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); and will take place from 3 to 5 October 2016 in Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.


  • 18-01: On February 18 and 19 the International Symposium on “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda will be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It promises to become an exciting event with among others:​

    • ​A presentation with the title "Measuring the success of CBR" on a longitudinal impact study by our Associate member Johan Velema, .

    • A presentation by Erik Post on the PIE impact tool designed by the University College of London, the University of Cape Town, the Royal Tropical Institute and Enablement.

    • A presentation on the Roads to Inclusion tool by Jess Blijkers. This tool is currently being finalized by Light for the World Austria and Enablement.


  • 15-12: In November our associate member Henk van Apeldoorn evaluated the project "Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan”, financed by the ICCO cooperation.


  • 30-11: Enablement and ResultsinHealth jointly offer a vacancy for a Master student to research existing models for care of the elderly in The Netherlands. The research is anticipated January to May 2016. For more information, read the Dutch job description. Feel free to circulate it in your network or to tip candidates.


  • 10-11: Since 1994, CBM has supported a total of 10 partner organisations in 8 different States in Nigeria to develop Community Based Rehabilitation. Enablement evaluated this programme with the aim to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the projects in relation to implementation, management and effect - in order to provide strategic direction for multi-year planning. 

  • 26-10: After workshops in Ghana and Benin for the West African region, Enablement now also facilitated a strategic workshop in Vietnam for the Asian strategic partner organisations of the Liliane Foundation. These sessions are part of a long term capacity building trajectory in which Enablement is engaged to facilitate the adoption of Community Based Rehabilitation as a core strategy. A solid basis has been formed with committed directors and programme managers who assessed their contexts and set directions for future developments. After all, the Liliane Foundation seeks not just to support individual disabled children, but also to create societies that full-heartedly welcome them.Mapping of services, India

  • 12-10: Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. This book provides readers with an in-depth exploration of disability across key areas of human rights, including health, education, employment, accessibility and independent living. It demonstrates how these issues are integral to achieving full and equal participation of disabled people in human societies across the life cycle. The book analyses the impact of poverty, the importance of support and the relevance of culture and it maps out how to make disability rights a reality in the coming decades. 

  • 29-09: The CBR Matrix Reloaded, a brand new column on our site. Got curious? Click to open.


  • 10-08: TheWaterChannel’s latest dossier None Left Behind draws on the work done by MetaMeta, Enablement and the Fluoride Knowledge and Action Network to bring out stories, videos, documents and resources to pay special attention to the elderly and people with disabilities in agricultural development efforts. It showcases solutions emerging from Ethiopia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and beyond.