Two people stand in front of an exhibition backdrop with the Zero Project Impact Transfer logo and a video screen. Beside them is a table with papers on it.

It has been a busy week for the Zero Project team! We have been travelling all over to take part in a range of exciting events, including activities for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with partners from across the globe. We have had the opportunity to talk about the work of the Zero Project and meet so many inspiring people, all committed to a world without barriers for persons with disabilities.

One of these events was the Sabanci Foundation’s annual Philanthropy Seminar in Istanbul at the beginning of the week. We were honoured to be invited and were there to talk about the Zero Project Impact Transfer programme, which we deliver in partnership with Ashoka and which supports social innovations to scale their impact to other geographies. We will shortly be announcing this year’s participants, so stay tuned!

The Sabanci Foundation seminar was a fantastic opportunity to meet new contacts and existing partner organisations based in Turkey, including some previous Zero Project awardees! It gave us an opportunity to introduce this year’s Impact Transfer projects to potential partners and see which of this year’s innovations might be relevant to organisations working in Turkey. It was also a chance to connect with some of our international partners, such as Access Israel, Light for the World and Greta and Starks, who were also presenting their work at the conference. The panel session on ‘Empowerment through Education’, featuring a great range of speakers, was thought-provoking and inspiring, particularly given the Zero Project’s focus on education this year, and Yetnebersh Nigussie from Light for the World gave a fantastic keynote speech.

We are grateful to all our partners who support our work, invite us to take part in their events and allow us to develop the Zero Project network even further. We hope to have the opportunity to see many more of our partners, and make new contacts, in 2020! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on our work.