Country Programmes

Advancing in the setting of a favourable environment for the acknowledgement of persons with disabilities as right holders and active members of the Panamanian society.

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
25 Feb 202131 Dec 2023
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 400,000
Thematic focus: Disability assessment and referral services, Economic empowerment, Inclusive SDGs Planning and Monitoring, OPDs capacity building, Social Protection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UN Women

Government Organizations

  • National Secretariat on Disability (SENADIS)

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Asociación Nacional para la Integración Social de las Personas con Discapacidad

The Programme

The objective of this Joint Programme is to contribute to the setting of a favourable environment for the acknowledgement of persons with disabilities as subjects of rights and promote their participation and inclusion in the Panamanian society, as well as to bring visibility to under-represented and the most vulnerable groups. Furthermore, it is expected to stimulate the transition process towards a human rights approach to disability and the capacity building of OPDs, government agencies, UN agencies, for the mainstreaming of disability into planning, budgeting and accountability to support the implementation of the CRPD and SDGs with an inclusion-based approach.


This proposal intends to address the following preconditions:
the participation of persons with disabilities and the strengthening of their representative organizations,
the provision of inclusive services and
financial budgeting and management aligned with the CRPD and a gender equality approach, as well as with Article 4 (General Duties), and Article 29 (Participation in public and political life) and Article 6 (Women with disabilities). To do so, it is intended that national parties are equipped with knowledge and practical tools to revise and reform the disability certification services with a human rights-based approach and national planning and budgeting processes to achieve the provision of health, education, employment and social protection services that cater for the needs of persons with disabilities.
Furthermore, it is expected to consolidate the capacity of persons with disabilities to form associations by means of a round table of OPDs and a multi-stakeholder technical group oriented to enforce Art. 8 of Law No. 15 of 2016 about the permanent consultation mechanism to persons with disabilities to adopt new regulations, policies, programmes, services and other relevant issues including their participation in the national coordination mechanism to implement and follow up SDGs. ​​​​​​​

Programme Documents