Handicap International’s goal in Algeria is to promote the social inclusion of the most vulnerable people and to improve their living conditions by advancing their rights and ensuring their needs are taken into account. Seven national staff members and one expatriate carry out the organization's work in Algeria, which began in 1998.
Although the situation and perception of people with disabilities in Algeria is changing, there is still some way to go before they are fully included in society. Disability legislation is relatively advanced in Algeria and a law on the promotion and protection of people with disabilities was passed in 2002, although not all of its application decrees have been published. However, functional enforcement of these laws has not yet been realized. Following the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2009, and the launch of a National Disability Survey in 2011, a new law is currently under development.
Aware of these developments and opportunities, Algerian civil society is rapidly becoming more organized. Disabled people’s organizations are steadily streamlining their operations, sourcing funding for their actions, and conducting advocacy operations to advance the rights of people with disabilities. However, they still require technical and managerial assistance. Multiple national and international partnerships have already been formed to improve the living conditions of persons with disabilities in Algeria.
- Socio-economic and political inclusion
- Inclusive education
- Services for people with neuromuscular diseases
- Child mental health
Socio-economic and political inclusion
Handicap International facilitates dialogue between the associations working in the disability field, civil society organizations, and the public authorities in order to enable inclusive public policies aimed at advancing the rights of people with disabilities to be developed, implemented, and monitored. These partnerships combine Handicap International’s expertise in the field of rights and advocacy for people with disabilities and local partners’ specific skills in inclusive policy analysis.
The goal of this project is to enhance and broaden the access of children with disabilities to the education system in Algeria. Handicap International works with children with disabilities in Algeria to improve the care they receive, both in specialized institutions and within the mainstream school system. The organization is running pilot projects to meet these objectives in Setif and Tizi Ouzou. Parents, the media, and education stakeholders are given awareness raising sessions on the universal right to education and teachers receive training in inclusive teaching and learning techniques.
Services for people with Neuromuscular Diseases
This project facilitates the collaboration of health professionals and people from Algerian organizations on the case-management of people with neuromuscular diseases. Its actions include capacity-building for members of the network of Algerian Muscular Dystrophy Organizations (RAAM), training of healthcare professionals, and the provision of home-based psychological support for people with muscular dystrophy and their families. Two specific consultation units were also set up in Algiers and Constantine.
Child Mental Health
This project works in the ANIS Psycho-Pedagogical Center in Boumerdès, a facility delivering care for children with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Handicap International works to improve the provision of services at the ANIS Center by training the teaching and administrative staff in innovative techniques for therapeutic workshops.
THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES:
Handicap International's previous work in Algeria has included:
Mine Victim Assistance
This multi-country program improved the quality and sustainability of landmines victim assistance services, particularly rehabilitation services. Handicap International and its partners made it easier for civil society to take part in the decision-making processes related to victim assistance at national, regional and international levels.
Political Participation of People with Disabilities
Based on the LEAD (Leadership and Empowerment for Action on Disability) project, Handicap International and its partners helped people with disabilities perform effective advocacy actions with a view to increasing the social, economic and political involvement of 11 million people with disabilities in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. This project organized training workshops to develop advocacy messages and effective methods, nationally and locally. The program worked with public authorities and service providers to improve existing legislation, public policies and data collection, and identifies ways of removing barriers that inhibit people with disabilities from being fully included within society.
Social Inclusion for Children
The “Advancing the rights and support of children with disabilities (DéDAESH)” project aimed to improve the support and case-management of children and to provide them with an opportunity to live outside specialized establishments. Handicap International built the capacities of service providers and promoted exchanges between professionals in order to maximize the quality of social support to children with disabilities throughout Algeria. Best practices in terms of the case-management of children and vocational training were promoted and disseminated nationally.