Navigation path

Additional tools

  • Print version
  • Decrease text
  • Increase text
  • Choose high contrast version
  • Choose standard colour version




Profile of registrant

Light For The World

Identification number in the register: 74313108109-71
Registration date: 20/02/12 11:38:33

The information on this organisation was last modified on 27/01/14 16:11:43
The date of the last annual update was 27/01/14 16:11:43


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Light For The World
Acronym: LFW
Legal status: gemeinnüteiger Verein
Website address: http://www.light-for-the-world.org

Sections

Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Rupert Roniger
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Steffie Neyens
Position: EU Liaison Officer

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 26/3 Niederhofstraße 
Vienna 1120
AUSTRIA
Telephone number: (+43) 18101300
Fax number: (+43) 1810130015
Other contact information: EU Liaison Office
Rue Washington 38-40
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium
Tel.: + 32 2 275 00 85
Fax : + 32 2 275 09 93

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Note: this covers activities for the year 2013.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is one of the leading European NGOs dedicated to restoring eyesight, preventing blindness, providing rehabilitation and access to inclusive education, and promoting the human rights of people with disabilities. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD provides access to treatment and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities by supporting local partner organisations. We also commit ourselves to the task of creating new opportunities for persons with disabilities, to increase mobility with the help of devices, to start initiatives that will provide education and income, and to support people with disabilities to exercise their rights.
In addition, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to raising awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities within their family, communities and national contexts, as well as within the wider development agenda. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to transparency about EU interest representation.

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to transparency about EU lobbying. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD believes that the Transparency Register fails basic transparency standards and does not yet live up to its name. We support ALTER-EU's demand for a mandatory nature of the register, safeguards against underreporting, and publication of the names of interest
representatives.
When registering, we have therefore chosen to provide additional information that we consider necessary and relevant for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective monitoring and sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, carry out such activities.
Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on www.act4europe.org/register or www.alter-eu.org
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information: On behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD carrying out such activities:

Steffie Neyens, EU Liaison Officer

Johannes Trimmel, Director international Programmes and Policy

François Carbonez, Policy Officer

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
François Carbonez 01/04/14 28/03/15
Steffie Neyens 20/09/13 18/09/14

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


LFW provided feedback to the European Commission’s Communication on post-2015 (“A Decent Life For All: ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future”).

Participated in the EU consultations ‘Ensuring Sustainable Development Globally: EU Follow-up to Rio + 20’.

Attended the launch of the report from the post 2015 High Level Panel

Participated in the process of drafting the official Beyond 2015 European Task Force position and recommendations for the post-2015.

In view of the UN High Level Meetings in September (UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development and the UN Special Event to follow-up on Efforts towards Achieving the MDGs), the EULO, on behalf of IDDC and in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF), organized a High Level Exchange on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Post-MDGs.

Advocated the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the European budget’s Heading 4 (“EU as a global player”), especially in the Instrument for Development Cooperation (DCI); Instrument for the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR); and the Common Regulations for the External Instruments, as well as in the European Development Fund.

As IDDC members, and in collaboration with IDA’s Alexandre Cote, worked on a stocktaking of the situation of social protection for persons with disabilities. Expected report: February 2014

Member of the European Working Group on Decent Work and Social Protection in Development Cooperation.
European Commission, DG DEVCO, Unit B3 was preparing a publication on Inclusive Education (not only on disability but more in general about often excluded groups) and asked for our feedback. This was discussed with Nafisa Baboo, the Light for the World Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education.
Attended EU - ACP JPA that took place in June 2013 in the European Parliament in Brussels. IDDC stand at the event and staff from the EULO attended the meetings.

Put an item on disability and development on the agenda of the JPA Social Affairs and the Environment Committee that took place in September 2013 in Brussels.
In November 2013, the 26th session of the EU ACP Joint Parliamentary took place in Addis Ababa, Ehtiopia. A field trip was organized in cooperation with CBM EU office, CBM Ethiopia, Light for the World Ethiopia and Handicap International Ethiopia.

Light for the World EULO is a member (observer status) of the Concord Cotonou Working Group.

The EULO followed a report from MEP Patrice Tirolien (EP, DEVE) on the financing of EU cooperation in ACP countries for the 2014-2020 period (11th European Development Fund), and ensured the inclusion of the interests of persons with disabilties in said report

Organized a screening of the documentary Body and Soul in the EU DEVCO - EuropeAid Infopoint.

‘Say yes to inclusion’ message by Commissioner Piebalgs was recorded.
Organized, in close cooperation with DG Devco, a lunch-time conference at the European Commission external cooperation infopoint.

LFW, on behalf of IDDC, has been involved in the 2-year process of review and update of the World Bank’s Social and Environmental Safeguard Policies.

Light For the World EU liaison office is still co-chair of the EU Task Group
The main focus of Light For the World EU liaison office within the Task Group has been involvement in the preparation and implementation of the IDDC Election Strategy, including the drafting of a Statement for Members of and candidates to the European Parliament, outlining their support to our cause.
Participated in the meetings. In the context of the 2014 European elections, HRDN produced an election statement and LFW took the responsibility to do the Dutch translation.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Development
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • External Relations
  • Humanitarian Aid

Structure

Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 4
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Licht Für die Welt (9 members)
  • Light For The World Belgium (3 members)
  • Light For The World Netherlands (7 members)
  • Svetlo Pro Svet (4 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):
  • AUSTRIA
  • BELGIUM
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
  • NETHERLANDS

Complementary information:

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




http://www.iapb.org - International Agency for the Prevention of Blindess (IAPB)

http://www.v2020.org - VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

http://www.iddc.org.uk - International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

http://www.icevi.org - International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

http://www.campaignforeducation.org - Global Campaign for Education

http://www.trachomacoalition.org - International Coalition for Trachoma Control/ICTC

http://www.endexclusion.eu - End Exclusion Project

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 01/2013
Total budget: 20,998,094
of which public financing: 2,982,067
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 2,982,067
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 18,016,027
- donations: 12,155,159
- contributions from members:
Foundations : 2,802,717
Bequests : 2,012,845
Projekt Support alliance partners : 227,289
Donations in kind : 628,286
Interest : 106,329
Other : 83,402
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD has calculated that it spent an estimated € 90.000 in 2011 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
Guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU