About the Zero Project
Founded by Austrian non-profit Essl Foundation in 2008, the Zero Project is a global and research-driven initiative to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
It focuses its efforts on the topics of
- Independent Living and Political Participation;
Over the past decade, Zero Project has established a global network of 10,000+ experts , policy makers, corporates, academics, and other persons with and without disabilities who are advancing the implementation of the CRPD. This network contributes to the Zero Project’s work and continues to grow, fostering a global community for disability inclusion.
Foundational work: finding and sharing innovative solutions
years of experience
Each year, the Zero Project conducts research into innovations worldwide. Following a call for nominations (#ZeroCall) and an extensive selection process, exemplary solutions receive a Zero Project Award for their innovativeness, scalability, and impact. The vetted and peer-reviewed data generated through this research process is included in the Zero Project Database. In addition to the publicly available Zero Project Database, the Zero Project shares its findings through a variety of channels each year, such as the Zero Project Report, presentations at leading conferences, and marketing communications.
Leveraging the Zero Project’s foundational work through dedicated partnerships
Building on its foundational work, the Zero Project’s scope of impact is augmented through collaboration with civil society, public and private sector organizations around the world.
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“Competition is a good thing, but collaborating with a competitive edge is better, and for me the Zero Project has created a global family which has a very big vision to truly transform the lives of persons with disabilities in the world, and is welcoming of anybody and everybody who shares those values to help that change happen.”