About DDP

Objectives and guiding principles

  • Enhancing achievement of disabled children in education
  • Supporting Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)
  • Reducing poverty among disabled people and their families
  • Promoting appropriate and low cost assistive devices and physical rehabilitation
  • Encouraging South-to-South and regional exchange of information and skills


Our vision

Our vision is a society where disabled men and women, boys and girls, and the most vulnerable people have equal social, economic and civil rights.

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, where disabled and vulnerable people actively engage in or lead ideas for change and equality of opportunity.

We focus our programmes on disabled children and adults, carers of disabled people, disabilities that are not so obvious, such as deafness and mental illness, and other vulnerable and marginalized members of society.

Our approach to partnership is responsive and flexible and we work with our partners to translate ideas into tangible and effective programmes.



Working in partnership is our dedicated priority. Run by and for disabled people, our local partners are best placed to understand their needs and challenges.

We play an essential practical role for our partners in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal: supporting, developing and realizing projects, raising funds, building capacities in project and financial management, ensuring that objectives are met, and facilitating south-to-south exchanges of experience.

As they work towards a sustainable future, many of our partner organizations have used our partnership as a springboard to funding, independence and success



DDP was founded in 1992. It is a UK registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a board of Trustees which provides strategic and financial oversight as well as raising awareness of and support for DDP’s work.

Current Trustee board members are Piers Blaikie, Chris Coles, David Ellis, Michelle Pisano, Joshua Swirsky and John Whitehead.



  • Kamala Achu, Founder
  • Adam Berry, Director
  • Debbie Risborough, Accountant


Our Donors

Our donors and supporters since 1992 have been many, and we thank each and every one for their support and trust. We also thank the many organizations and individuals who have made donations in kind and cash.