Dominican Republic
Country Programmes

Building national capacities for achieving social inclusion of persons with disabilities in the areas of education, employment and participation in the Dominican Republic

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
18 Apr 201931 Dec 2021
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 390,021
Thematic focus: Access to Health, Awareness Raising, Disability Policy and/or Law, Employment, Inclusive SDGs Planning and Monitoring, Inclusive education, OPDs capacity building, Social Protection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • WHO
  • UNDP

Government Organizations

  • National Disability Council
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Education
  • the Presidency
  • National Institute for Integrated Care in Early Childhood
  • Integral Disability Centre

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Dominican Association of Disability (ADR)
  • Ibero-American Network of Persons Living with Physical Disability in the Dominican Republic (La Red)
  • Association of Persons with Physical and Motor Disabilities (ASODIFIMO)
  • Circle of Women with Disabilities (CIMUDIS)
  • National Federation of Persons with Disabilities (FENADID)

The Programme

Dominican Republic is a high middle-income country with high level of inequity which entails larger obstacles for inclusion of persons with disabilities. Even though, the legal framework recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities there is a significant gap in terms of capacity development among public service providers in the areas of inclusive education, decent employment and social participation. This joint programme aimed to support capacity development as a lever of change to promote a human rights approach in favour of children with disabilities out of the educational system, persons with disabilities discriminated in the labour market and socially stigmatized for their disability.


The project strengthened the capacity to build a disability inclusive development model in the Dominican Republic.

Over two years, the project contributed to develop the capacity of national government and civil society to ensure that persons with disabilities in the country would improve their access to education, employment and social participation opportunities that help persons with disabilities lead independent lives by 2020.

Interventions focused on poor persons with disabilities in excluded rural and marginal urban areas (Greater Santo Domingo and the Southern and Border regions), focusing in particular on children and women with disabilities.

Programme Documents