As a response to the growing need for an open access resource platform on disability in Africa, the Centre for Human Rights (the Centre) as a world renowned research institution embarked on a journey in 2018 that led to the creation and the launch of the repository on disability rights in Africa (RODRA).
RODRA is the first repository of its kind in Africa aimed at tracking the development and progress in the provision, protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. The repository will preserve and share up to date open access documents on disability rights which will include amongst others; legislation, policy, court decisions and published research by both research institutions and civil society organizations. The repository will also feature latest developments in the African Union (AU) and other African sub-regional organizations.
The Centre sees the repository as an online library of resources that will benefit and enrich the research outputs of the disability rights researchers and advocates in the Africa, such as, scholars, research institutions, civil society organizations and regional and government officials under whose docket disability falls.
The repository will also contain learning and training opportunities on disability rights such as short courses, workshops and academic programmes offered on the continent.
Through the tracking of the developments in the region, the effect of the repository over time will be to create an overview of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the region by the member states which will in turn assist in the monitoring process.
An interactive map of Africa has been built into the repository to assist with the navigation and the tracking of the development of the progress made in the content in as far as the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities are concerned.
The Centre sees the impact of this repository as multifaceted. On one hand, strengthening the work of actors working in disability rights on the continent and on the other hand, allowing for greater sharing of information.
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