Development cooperation takes place in partnership between Swedish disability organisations and their counterparts in MyRight's partner countries. Together, we run projects and programs that contribute to the partner organisations becoming stronger, more democratically structured and able to participate in the development of society. Everything we do is based on a rights perspective and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted in 2006.
MyRight's vision is a world where all persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities for a dignified life free from poverty in inclusive societies. MyRight's mission is to strengthen disability organisations so that persons with disabilities have power over their own lives. We do this by promoting inclusion and participation through the exchange of experience of what it is like to live with disabilities and work for the rights of persons with disabilities between our member organisations and their partner organisations. We gather and share competencies regarding rights for persons with disabilities and association knowledge in our partnership projects and collectively through networks and advocacy work in our operating countries.
The disability movement in Sweden belongs to the Swedish citizen education tradition and has extensive experience of building up organisations that could gradually begin to convey their members' experiences and participate in the development of society. These experiences are valuable in development cooperation. Although there are many differences between people's experiences whether they live in Sweden or in a poor country, the members of MyRight's member organisations and their partner organisations share the experience of living with a disability or being a parent of children with a disability. It is precisely these experiences that are of great importance and create a mutual understanding for each other. It gives the members of the partner organizations the power to see what Swedish disability organisations have been able to achieve and it creates hope to see what opportunities there are when conditions change. The Swedish organisations also get new perspectives and ideas that develop their work.
All our support contributes to creating conditions for people to express their needs so that they can participate and influence development. Some projects are about starting from scratch and supporting activities that help create community, increase members' self-esteem and make members more aware of their rights. Other projects are, for example, focused on educating care and school staff about various disabilities, what they mean and how care and school can meet the needs that exist. In each country, the co-operation organisations also carry out joint advocacy work. They review bills, act as a consultative body and work to make the policy more inclusive. Journalists and the media are also important target groups for changing the attitudes of the public and decision-makers towards persons with disabilities. We know that a more inclusive society is an effective way of reducing poverty.