Commission 3: International Cooperation and Development

Deborah Oyuu Iyute (Uganda)

International President of the Commission on International Cooperation and Development 


Oyuu Iyute Deborah is a Deaf lady from Uganda and a Social Worker by profession and she comes from the family of six (6) Deaf siblings (four girls and 2 boys). 

Deborah is a person of diversity both in management and leadership. She possess skills in Project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, HIV/AIDS, sexual & reproductive health, Gender & disability in general, Sign Language, knowledge in International, regional and national legal frameworks.

Deborah has been very active in the disability movement for 17 years, having worked with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) from 2000 to 2012 whereby she successfully managed partnership programmes funded by USAID, Danish Deaf Association and Action AID UK hence giving her a wealth of experience in managing development programmes that aim at transforming the Deaf community.

In 2013, she joined the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) as Programme officer in charge of advocacy for inclusive employment with support from Disabled Persons Organisation Denmark and Big Lottery Fund UK through Light for the world. She is more informed about advocacy initiatives that is required to promote an inclusive society for all. 

Deborah previously served as a board member for Global Partnership on Disability and Development (GPDD) and as a Board Member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) from 2007 to 2012. She continues to serve as a Board member for the Forum for African Women Educationalists and represents Persons with disabilities.  National Union of Women with Disabilities in Uganda, a Board of Trustee for DeafNet Centre of Knowledge- South Africa and a Board of Trustee for Light for the World International and USA In.

Deborah is passionate about disability activism committing herself to ensuring that society is free from all forms of discrimination and inequalities towards Deaf persons. 

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