The catalyst program

The Disability Catalyst Program focuses on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The objective is to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in all sustainable development processes. This includes influencing UN policies and programmes, building evidence for monitoring of the SDGs from a CRPD perspective and developing the capacities of DPOs to use existing accountability mechanisms to advance their rights. The program pays particular attention to allocation of resources, which must be in line with the 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 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 a regional flagship initiative, which is co-implemented by the European Disability Forum and the 5 other regional members of IDA.

EDF played a specific role through coordinating the development of a report on Regional advocacy for persons with disabilities: Regional Sustainable Development Forums and regional integration. Download in English (PDF format)

Other regional DPOs members of IDA are producing a regional SDG report from a CRPD perspective: 

Regional reports  

  • Pacific Disability Forum (PDF)
    Download in English (PDF format)
  • Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (in progress)
  • ASEAN Disability Forum (AsDF) (in progress)
  • African Disability Forum (ADF) (in progress)

Other reports