Background

The Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD) is a national disability umbrella body of various Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) countrywide. The organisation was formed on December 2007 under Societies Act No. CR 7547 as a non-profit making organisation.The Federation is managed by a governing board of eight (8) representative members from the affiliate organisations.

BOFOD has a membership of 13 National representative organizations of Persons with Disabilities and parents of children with disabilities who are decision makers of the organization and form the general assembly of the organisation. Membership is open to any Disabled Peoples Organisation (DPO) registered in Botswana with the purposes of serving the needs of people with disabilities.

Vision of BOFOD

An inclusive barrier free society, where people with disabilities fully enjoy their human rights.

Mission Statement

BOFOD is a non-profit organisation that strives to lobby and advocate for a barrier free society in partnership with government, NGOs and private sector with the ultimate goal of ensuring that people with disabilities fully enjoy their human rights.

The organisation has a four-year strategic plan (2015 – 2019)  where it has defined its strategic focus by clarifying its mandate and making thorough analysis of its external and internal environments. To maximize impact of its work, the organisation is focusing on delivering on five organisational priorities namely:

1. Organisational development,

2. Partnership building and networking

3. Policy engagement and advocacy

4. Good governance, and

5. Institutional capacity building and sustainability.

To accomplish the aforementioned strategic objectives, the organisation will implement the following activities:

a) Conduct training on ethics, accountability and Transparency for member DPOs.

b) Conduct training for DPOs and communities on how to undertake PETS/Social Accountability Initiatives.

c) Conduct TOT training to member DPOs on civic and voter education

d) Train DPOs on IT and documentation basics.e) Develop and implement a communication strategy

f) Develop and maintain a state-of-the art and user friendly website of BOFOD

g) Establish and run District and Regional Forums

h) Develop and disseminate IEC materials

i) Conduct organisational capacity assessment to BOFOD members

j) Organize and conduct tailor-made programmes to respond to identified needs.

k) Collect and analyse relevant policies and laws for lobbying and advocacy

l) Identify issues for policy engagement and advocacy.m) Develop and implement an advocacy strategy

n) Conduct Action Research on strategically selected issues.o) Conduct self-assessment to determine organisational capacity gaps.

p) Organize tailor-made programs to address the gaps.

q) Devise and implement a resource mobilization strategy.

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