The National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) was established in 2008 by an Act of Parliament, Act No. 26 of 2004. The NDCN is a State Owned Enterprise with the Namibian government as the sole shareholder. The NDCN resorts under the Department: Disability Affairs.
THE MANDATE OF THE COUNCIL
The NDCN is tasked with a multi-facetted mandate which amongst others include the Monitoring of the implementation of the National Policy on Disability, Initiating the amendments to the National Policy on Disability in order to ensure that it takes account of the changing circumstances, Commenting on proposed legislation which may affect persons with disabilities in any manner, Identifying provisions in any law which may hinder the implementation of the National Policy on Disability and making recommendations in that regard, Consulting with persons with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and organizations rendering services to persons with disabilities to gather information on the implementation of the National Policy on Disability, Advising any person responsible for the enforcement of existing legislation which provides for equal opportunities for all people in Namibia on the enforcement of such legislation and In general takes all necessary steps in order to improve the situation of persons with disabilities in Namibia.
IN ORDER TO BETTER PERFORM ITS FUNCTIONS, THE COUNCIL MAY GATHER INFORMATION REGARDING TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Persons with disabilities in Namibia, the type and severity of their disability, their needs, the extent to which they are integrated into society and methods by which they can be better integrated into society;
- Organisations of persons with disabilities and organisations rendering services to persons with disabilities and the type of services rendered by those organisations;
- Persons with disabilities in respect of or to whom services are rendered by the organisations referred to in paragraph (b);
- Such financial information as the Council may require to assess the financial position of the organisations referred to in paragraph (c) and the financial control and management of those organisations;
- The sources of funding of the organisations referred to in paragraph (c);
- The services rendered by the Government to persons with disabilities and the Government policies and plans regarding persons with disabilities; and
- Any information that the Council may require in order to perform any function or exercise any power under this Act.
Achieving emancipation of people with disabilities through accessibility, equity and inclusivity in society.
NDCN monitors and evaluate the implementation of the national, regional, continental and international legal frameworks on rights, protection and emancipation of People with Disabilities through:
- Engaging stakeholders (i.e. O/M/As, NGOs, OPDs, private sector etc.)
- Research and needs analysis of targeted population
- Accordingly respond to identified needs and gaps through creating proper channels for communication
- Ensure that policies and statutes take cognizance of the plight of People with Disabilities by proposing amendments to the existing laws which excludes or discriminate People with Disabilities
- To ensure accessibility, equity and inclusion of People with Disabilities in all developmental activities.
Being responsible, accessible and answerable to all our stakeholders
Honesty, respect and value for others, putting the needs and interest of people with disabilities first
Creation of impartial, equality and fairness on opportunities for all our stakeholders
Being open, visible, understandable and approachable
Being driven to efficient deliverables on all responsibilities tasked
Be determined in asserting the rights of People with Disability