Country Programmes

Promoting social inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
4 Jun 201530 Sep 2019
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 549,675
Thematic focus: Awareness Raising, Disability Policy and/or Law

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • ILO

Government Organizations

  • Federal Technical and Vocational Training Agency
  • Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Regional Youth and Sports Bureaus

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Ethiopian Centre for Disability and Development
  • The Tigray Disabled
  • Veterans Associations (TDVA)
  • Ethiopian Women with disabilities National Association (EWDNA)
  • The Federation of Ethiopian Associations of persons with Disabilities
  • Ethiopian National Association of the Blind
  • Ethiopian National Association of the Deaf
  • Ethiopian Association on Intellectual Disabilities

National Partners

  • Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Regional Youth and Sports Bureaus
  • Federal/Regional Micro and Small Enterprise Development Agencies
  • Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation

The Programme

The ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010 has provided a good momentum in Ethiopia to foster its implementation among national stakeholders, who previously advocated for the ratification of the Convention and who have been involved recently in the preparation of a National Plan of Action of Persons with Disabilities (2012-2021).

This Programme aims to address institutional gaps and negative social environments limiting the access of persons with disabilities to the life of their community. Three categories of national institutions have accepted to join efforts with the One UN/RCO office, ILO and OHCHR in the context of the UNPPRPD; the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, the Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman and three Disabled Persons Organizations under the leadership of the Ethiopian Federation of National Associations of Persons with Disabilities.


The Programme had two main areas of intervention:
The programme has contributed to the strengthening of CRPD National Implementation and Monitoring Coordinating Committees (NIMCCs) at Federal and Regional States’ levels in the country.
Improvement of knowledge and technical capacity of authorities across the country on delivering better services to persons with disabilities and
fighting social discrimination against persons with disabilities through awareness-raising activities by national stakeholders.
UNPRPD has strengthened the capacity of public institutions for improved delivery of services to persons with disabilities through Disability Equality Training (DET) and targeted training on the CRPD and national laws to enable Federal Ministries and Regional Bureaus to take concrete actions in the area of accessibility including at their own workplaces.
Through DET training and awareness-raising on existing policy and laws 15 federal and regional organizations have built their capacity for improved delivery of services to persons with disabilities.
Furthermore, the project established a strong partnership with national federations of organizations of persons with disabilities such as FENAPD and EDWNA to develop and run community awareness programmes to increase awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Programme Documents