Country Programmes

Advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly women and children with disabilities, in The Gambia

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
27 Feb 202124 Mar 2024
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 600.000
Thematic focus: Awareness Raising, CRPD monitoring (art 33), Inclusive SDGs Planning and Monitoring, National Disability Policy, National development planning and monitoring, OPDs capacity building

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies


Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare

National Partners

  • Gambia Federation for the Disabled (GFD)

The Programme

The Constitution of the Gambia guarantees the equal rights and dignity of all citizens. However, in practice there is widespread and deep-seated inequality and discrimination in the society that affects individuals on account of their caste, sex, age, region, religion and above all their disability among other factors. One of the communities that is most affected is Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who cut across sex, caste, religion, ethnicity, age and region. Therefore, the incidence of inequality and discrimination and denial of services, opportunities and justice is most pronounced within this community.
This program seeks intended to promote and protect the rights of PWDs by creating and strengthening necessary structures, processes and tools for effective protection and inclusive service delivery. The perennial problem of limited capacity of public institutions and the weak capacity of Organizations for Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) to promote and defend their rights and demand services remain the major challenges to overcome in order to create an equal society with effective institutions to provide inclusive services.


This program will identify and equip relevant national stakeholders, including the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, (MGCSW), the Directorate of Social Welfare (DSW), and other MDAs and OPDs with the necessary knowledge and skills. Monitoring tools, data collection and necessary service guidelines will be developed to further empower personnel, institutions and organizations to effectively protect the rights of PWDs.