Country Programmes

Building the preconditions to institutionalize the rights of Guatemalans with disability.

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
25 Feb 202131 Dec 2023
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 400,000

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP

Government Organizations

  • Ministerio de Salud Pública - MSPAS
  • Ministerio de Desarrollo Social – MIDES
  • Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos – PDH
  • Segeplan

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Colectiva de mujeres con capacidad de soñar a colores
  • Movimiento cívico por la inclusión
  • Asociación nacional de sordos de Guatemala
  • Federación de ciegos de Guatemala
  • Colectivo ovejas negras
  • Asociación de personas con discapacidad y vida independiente
  • Asociación de estudiantes con discapacidad USAC
  • Movimiento claveles blancos
  • Colectivo Vida Plena (MCD de Zacapa)
  • Coletivo Vida Independiente
  • Asociación Gente Pequeña

The Programme

The programme intends to respond to three interrelated systemic challenges faced by persons of disabilities in Guatemala as determined by the findings of the in-depth analysis undertaken for the preceding the Situation Analysis. They are: (i) lack of accurate and disaggregated data on persons with disabilities, which prevents their due access to essential public services and their due participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives, (ii) insufficient capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities and of national human rights institutions to support and monitor the creation of the essential conditions to implement the CRPD in such a way to foster systemic policy change in the long-run, (iii) dearth of capacity for review and monitoring of inclusive SDGs by the main national counterpart in charge of the national sustainable development agenda in the country.


For the first challenge, a national database will be created to build a certification system to allow all persons with disabilities to become visible and access to public services, including to social protection systems. To address the second gap, intensive capacity development will be undertaken with an eye to creating an independent institutional mechanism to supervise the operationalization of the enabling conditions for the achievement of the CRPD. To fill in the third loophole, the program will establish clear SDG-CRPD pathways to make sure that Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency (SEGEPLAN) as the main counterpart becomes well versed in disability data collection, analysis, and dissemination to accelerate the realization of K’atun National Development Plan 2032 in line with the 2030 Agenda.

Programme Documents