Making It Work

Boy with albinism attending a primary school in Senegal.


Learning from good practices
for effective inclusion of
people with disabilities
in development

Making it Work is a methodology for documenting and promoting good practices in line with the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to contribute to making this Convention a reality so that it impacts on people with disabilities’ lives.   

This project is based on identifying effective or innovative actions that have achieved positive changes (whether from grass-roots level initiatives or regional-level activities) and analyzing how they could be sustained or replicated.

At the heart of this process, people with disabilities are validating what works and using the evidence-based good practices to strengthen their advocacy to influence social change.

The methodology uses a multi-stakeholder approach, building alliances and collaboration around disability inclusion issues.  Making it Work puts an emphasis on a “learning by doing” process that empowers groups to work collectively to document and promote change.  

Rather than focusing on human rights violations and what is not working, Making it Work shifts attention to what has worked and how it could be replicated or ‘scaled up’ putting forth constructive, practical recommendations to decision-makers, service providers and other development stakeholders.

There are five key elements of the Making it Work methodology: