Costa Rica
Country Programmes

UN Support to the National Plan for Labour Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Costa Rica

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
10 Apr 201231 Mar 2019
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 542,018
Thematic focus: Disability Policy and/or Law, Employment

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP
  • ILO

Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Security
  • The National Training Institute
  • Ministry of Public Education
  • Office of the Second Vice-President of the Republic

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • The National Association for Blind
  • Human rights promoter for people with disabilities (FECODIS)
  • Network Federation for Persons with Disabilities (FEREPRODIS)

National Partners

  • Association of Enterprises for Development (AED)
  • National Council for Persons with Disabilities (CONAPDIS)
  • National Resource Center for Inclusive Education

The Programme

In Costa Rica, the population with disabilities faces great difficulties in their efforts to procure themselves an income. Sixty four percent of them are non-active in the labor market and those who are trying to find employment have a harder time finding one than people without disabilities; they show higher unemployment rates and higher unemployment duration. They also show higher poverty rates (32%) as compared to the population without disabilities (24%).
This programme aimed to complement the implementation of the Plan for Labor Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities developed through the application of Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF) to accelerate the achievement of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.

The Plan is in line with article 27 of CRPD, which emphasizes the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, including the right to have the opportunity to earn a living by working in a freely chosen job and in a workplace that is inclusive and accessible.


The project builds on existing initiatives and proposes ways to remove bottlenecks that reduce the possibility for this population to procure themselves through employment or entrepreneurship. It comprises 5 areas considered strategic to this end:
Improve their employability profile through education and training services.

Expand the demand for workers with disabilities.

Improve job facilitation services

Promote entrepreneurship

Improve institutional coordination and governance

Programme Documents