The catalyst program

The catalyst program focuses on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objective is to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in all sustainable development processes. The program pays particular attention to allocation of resources, which must be in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

It also focuses on persons with disabilities who are most at risk of marginalisation. Such groups include persons with intellectual disabilities, persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with deafblindness, indigenous persons with disabilities as well as women with disabilities.


The program is funded by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).


The program is carried out by the International Disability Alliance and its members, including the European Disability Forum. It started in January 2017 and will finish in March 2020.

Our role

The program has various activities, including regional flagship initiatives. Their aim is to support the engagement of organisations of persons with disabilities at the regional level. There are three regional flagship initiatives, which focus on:

  • Education
  • Women and girls with disabilities
  • Regional sustainable development monitoring

The European Disability Forum is coordinating the regional flagship initiative on the Sustainable Development Goal.