Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)

Side Event - Crafts Abilities Project Launch

21 November 2022

Click this banner to register for the Crafts Abilities Side Event (Webinar)The Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled, in partnership with Loughborough University, will organize a side event on the evening of Monday, 21 November 2022 at the the Southern Africa Disability Roundtable Forum, which brings together various actors on triennial intervals to reflect and evaluate the work of SAFOD and the disability movement in the region, share information and experiences, assess progress being achieved by Governments and other duty bearers with regards to implementation of development policies and programs affecting persons with disabilities within the region.

The Crafts Abilities side event is focused on "Enhancing existing networks and training support of artists and craftspeople with disabilities in Kgatleng District, in Botswana."

The event aims to initiate a discourse around value of cultural heritage and provide insights into how these may be expressed through inclusive crafts enterprise, and to showcase examples artefacts produced by some of the craftspeople SAFOD has been working with thus far. 

The following are the specific objectives of the Side Event:

  1. To present the new follow-on project framework and formally launch it.
  2. To seek and document stakeholder inputs/feedback into the project framework.
  3. To raise awareness within the communities of Southern Africa of the value of their cultural heritage expressed through inclusive crafts enterprise.
This side event targets some of the delegates of the main Roundtable Forum, such as governments, development partners, OPDs, CSOs, the media, the private sector, and the academia.  The side event will be hybrid as it will be captured live through Facebook streaming and through Zoom as a webinar, it will, therefore, be available for virtual participation from the public. The methodologies will be in the form of presentations and sharing of experiences through open talks. 

The event will culminate in the launch of a new Crafts Abilities follow-on project that aims to deliver an inclusive financially sustainable focal point and conduit for training, and knowledge exchange between local artists and craftspeople with disabilities, their communities, and international networks and resources relating to culture, heritage, innovation, and enterprise. 

This is a hybrid event (both physical and virtual attendance). In-person registration is available to participants who are already physically attending the Southern Africa Disability Roundtable Forum but if you wish to physically attend this side event only, contact the SAFOD Secretariat by phone at +267 3170751 or by email at 

For those joining virtually, please register on Zoom by either clicking on the banner on the top-left of this page, or simply Click here»  



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