Action on Disability and Development

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ADD International (Action on Disability and Development)
Formation 1985
Type International Development Organisation
Purpose To fight for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia
Headquarters United Kingdom

ADD International (Action on Disability and Development), is a UK-based agency fighting for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia. ADD has programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. ADD also directly supports partners in India through ADD India.

ADD International was founded in 1985 by social entrepreneur Chris Underhill. It works in partnership with CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.[1]


ADD International works with local, regional and national groups run by and for disabled people (known as Disabled People’s Organisations or DPOs). Through these groups, ADD builds disability movements in Africa and Asia by starting local groups of disabled people, or supporting existing ones. ADD also furthers connections and communication between these groups to build wider movements.

ADD International also supports disabled people with tools, employment opportunities and other resources.

Through its advocacy work, ADD also aims at influencing governments, international development actors and the private sector to design policies and services at local and global level which take into account the needs of disabled people.


  1. ^ Bangladesh, CAFOD, retrieved 18 July 2017
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