Through a webinar, the project analyses how public procurement can comply with the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The webinar, sponsored by the Bridging the Gap project, highlighted the different ways in which public procurement has been adjusted and can be further adjusted to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The aim is for public procurement not to leave people with disabilities behind.
Delivered by Sylvia Beales, a specialist in inclusive social development consultancy, the webinar also served to present an orientation guide on inclusive procurement within public procurement, including the conclusions gathered in a previous meeting held in Brussels on 27 February. In addition, the participants also exchanged knowledge on the concepts of accessible and sustainable procurement, as well as on the challenges and the way forward in this matter.
The contributions gathered in this session will be incorporated into the final version of the orientation guide that the project is preparing with information and indications on how to carry out inclusive public procurement.
Groups that experience discrimination, including people with disabilities, face barriers on a daily basis, from inaccessible facilities and services to discrimination and negative attitudes. Inclusive public procurement can help remove those barriers and incorporate inclusion in many sectors at different levels.
Bridging the Gap II is a project funded by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP together with other cooperation agencies such as AECID. For more than two years, the project has been dedicating its efforts toward combating the barriers faced by people with disabilities. To achieve this, the project is committed to the implementation of fairer and more inclusive policies.