Our vision is a world where persons with disabilities fully participate in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities on an equal basis with others
Our mission is to support persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability rights community that empowers persons with disabilities to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society.
We resource organizations led by persons with disabilities, primarily in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean, that are leading efforts to secure rights for all.
Through grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance, the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund support Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring no one is left behind.
Our work promotes key shifts in attitudes, environments, and rights frameworks as supported by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read our principles and values at: Our Principles.
Since 2008, the Disability Rights Fund and its sister organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund have funded disabled persons organizations across the developing world to participate in CRPD ratification, implementation, and monitoring. Read about our history: Our Story.
As a pooled fund, the Disability Rights Fund:
- Combines the resources of multiple governmental, private, and public donors
- Enables donors to harmonize their efforts towards disability-inclusive funding
- Reaches grassroots organizations
- Facilitates feedback about donor investments in this neglected area of human rights
The Disability Rights Fund’s unique participatory model of grantmaking incorporates people with disabilities in decision-making, establishing the fund as an innovative grantmaking vehicle operating in concert with the disability community’s slogan, “nothing about us without us.”
According to the report by the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders’ Group, the Disability Rights Fund is one of the top 15 human rights grantmakers by number of human rights grants, and at the top in terms of number of grants addressing disability rights.