A photo by Maya Rani Devero from the USAID Philippines is the winning entry of Project SIGND.
Competing against 250 entries representing more than 40 countries worldwide, a photo submitted by the “Climate Resilience of the Deaf: Signs for Inclusive Governance and Development” or Project SIGND has been announced as one of the winners of the 2023 Climatelinks Photo Contest – a highlight of the growing importance of inclusive approaches in climate change initiatives.
Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The complete list of 2023 Climatelinks Photo Contest winners can be viewed here: https://www.climatelinks.org/blog/2023-climatelinks-photo-contest-winners
Spotlight on Project SIGND’s Inclusive Approach
Project SIGND is an initiative that seeks to increase the preparedness and adaptive capacities of the Deaf to climate-related risks and disasters. The project is made possible by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF), and is led by the Oscar M. Lopez Center in partnership with Deaf-led organizations.
As current disaster management interventions have been designed with the assumption that the target audience can see, hear, and respond to instructions, among the goals of Project SIGND is to create a lexicon of Filipino Sign Language (FSL), specifically tailored to convey crucial information about climate change and disaster preparedness.
Apart from signs, Project SIGND also endeavors to roll out capacity-building programs that can improve the discursive skills and community networking abilities of the Deaf and of relevant service providers. These can help the Deaf community have meaningful access and participation in government programs and services, as well as in inclusive policymaking.
Know more about Project SIGND by vising our website: https://www.omlopezcenter.org/our-work/project-signd/