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4.8.2 Lack of capacity

The lack of capacity, knowledge and resources has been clearly identified as a main problem for the civil society in general, and for people with disabilities and their organisations in particular, as their level of education is on average lower. DPOs are often relatively recently established and tend to be weak, and with them the whole disability movement. They usually lack communication and presentation skills, as well as the political understanding to become involved in PRS. In addition, DPOs often face internal struggles and conflicts, such as the question of representation (as the example of CIARH in Honduras showed), or serious problems concerning their organisational structures. Therefore capacity development is essential when engaging in PRS. In Vietnam the project offered a series of relevant training courses and workshops which yielded valuable results. The participants improved their skills, felt more self-confident and empowered, and started exchanging views with local authorities.

PRS in practical experience

Independently from the results, any participation in PRS can already be understood as a capacity development activity in itself. Within the process, local DPOs and NGOs learn how to approach key decision-makers, how to conduct effective lobbying and advocacy, how to implement small-scale projects, etc. This can have a long-lasting positive effect on the concerned organisations and the disability movement as a whole. 

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