Development cooperation , 15.11.2016

Promoting the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities within the AU disability architecture


The Continental Plan of Action on the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the Assembly of the AU in January 2013. Action plan, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the implementing institutions form together the African Union Disability Architecture (AUDA). The long-term objective of this project is that the rights of persons with disabilities will be better acknowledged and materialized in Africa. This is to be achieved by mainstreaming these rights into the policies of the African Union (AU) and its member states as well as their development activities. The short-term objective is that the AU's Department of Social Affairs (DSA), the other AU institutions, the African regional organizations and the member states of the AU have more capacity to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and implement the Continental Plan of Action as part of AUDA. Also CSOs of disabled people will be capacitated through this project. The first phase of the project, funded by Finland with 1 000 000 EUR, was implemented during 1.7.2013-30.06.2016. The preliminary positive outcomes - for example the monitoring and evaluation framework for the Continental Plan of Action and its adoption by the AU member states, the education of the civil servants of the member states, the increased awareness of the civil servants about the rights of the disabled persons - all indicate that the cooperation with the AU and with the implementing agency, German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is worth continuing. The budget for the second phase of the project is 1,5 MEUR, of which Finland covers 1 MEUR. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) covers the rest i.e. 0,5 MEUR. Timeline for the project is 1.1.2017-30.6.2019.

Funding decision  15.11.2016

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Human rights 100%

Special target group

  • people with disability

Funding channel

  • German Development Cooperation
  • African Union (excluding peacekeeping facilities)



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