Development cooperation ,13.12.2017

INT/UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons With Disabilities UNPRPD


It is estimated that more than a billion people - about 15 % of the world's population - live with some form of disability. They experience higher rates of poverty, less legal protection, lower educational achievements, poorer health outcomes and less policitical and cultural participation, among others, particularly in lower income countries. The UNPRPD Partnership brings together the UN system (UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNDESA, OHCHR, UNFPA, UNESCO, UN Women) governments, Disabled Persons Organizations and the broader civil society to advance disability rights around the world. It operates through a Multi-Partner Trust Fund, managed by the UNDP. The UNPRPD aims at developing the capacities of national stakeholders, particularly governments and organizations of persons with disabilities, for the effective implementation of the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), including through promoting disability-inclusive internationally agreed development goals. This will happen by mainstreaming the disability rights within the UN system, and by financing local or global projects, and involve targeted as well as mainstreamed approaches (350.000 € each). The involvement of government, civil society and UN Country Teams ensure the quality, relevance and sustainability of the projects. Round 1 projects are showing promising results by promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities by the establishment of Ombudsman for Psychiatry and promotion of de-institutionalization in Moldova. In Togo, inclusive education has increased the enrollment rates of disabled children by 132 %. A National Charter for the Rights or Persons with Disabilities was developed and it generated formal commitments in Tunisia. Also, a network of Inclusive Cities with official, public commitment to their budgets was created in Indonesia. Legal assistance is provided for more than 1000 disabled persons in Vietnam, and 60 DPO's have received training on the rights of disabled persons and policy advocacy techniques. In Costa Rica, job opportunities and self-employment activities were created. Finland is the biggest donor government, followed by Australia, and she is also member of the UNPRPD Policy Board and Management Committee. Finland has channelled 7.560.000 million euros to the partnership (2012-2016) and will channel 1,5 million € in 2017. Read more: real-time Trust Fund factsheet

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Funding decision  13.12.2017

3 500 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance
  • Gender equality

Field of activity

  • Human rights 70%
  • Social/ welfare services 15%
  • Multisector aid for basic social services 15%

Special target group

  • people with disability

Funding channel

YK:n kehitysohjelma



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