A world free of leprosy and exclusion due to disabilities
NLR promotes and supports the health, ability and full inclusion in society of people affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities
NLR’s head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Staff there comprises 20 employees working in 4 departments. Management and execution of field activities is delegated to 7 professional regional offices with a total of 78 employees in the 12 countries where the organization is active.
Other positions held by members of the Board and management can be found here, as well as other relevant information on the Board. None of their positions imply any conflict of interest with the functions of the Supervisory Board or the Directorate of NLR.
NLR functions on a CO2-neutral basis. The CO2 emissions created by air-travel and printing were compensated in 2015 by contributions to sustainable energy projects. We invest our reserve funds exclusively in investment products offered by governments and companies that respect human rights, reject child labor, and function sustainably. In accordance with the guideline ‘Financial Management of Fundraising Institutions’ issued by Goede Doelen Nederland, our starting point is preservation of our capital.
NLR is a relatively small player in the field of international development aid. To keep the fight against leprosy high on the agenda, collaboration is essential for us.
In 2015, we actively contributed to the development of a new strategy for both the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Together with the Neglected Tropical Disease Non-governmental Development Organization Network (NNN), we established connections between combating leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). We also initiated a new international information portal, InfoNTD, which is partly funded by contributions from organizations working on NTDs.
In the Netherlands, as an active member of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD), we lobbied for development policy that focuses more on equal opportunities of persons with disabilities. In the first week of December, during the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), we delivered several concrete recommendations to parliamentary commissions on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Cooperation in collaboration with other DCDD members.
Positive evaluation of our collaboration with Liliane Foundation in the Mekong region inspired intensification of our partnership on inclusion of people with disabilities, including in other countries, to be started from 2016.