Country Programmes

Strengthening disability inclusion accountability and coordination in Rwanda

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
26 Feb 202131 Dec 2023
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 700,000
Thematic focus: Awareness Raising, CRPD monitoring (art 33), Disability Policy and/or Law, OPDs capacity building

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP
  • UN Women

Government Organizations

  • National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)
  • Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC)
  • Permanent Secretary

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda (NUDOR)

The Programme

The capacity for joint development and effective implementation of disability inclusive policies, programs and interventions is still quite lacking, despite gradual improvements over the past years. The key challenges include limited participation of persons with disabilities in the planning processes of government programs as well as internet ions of UN agencies, even for those directly concerning persons with disabilities. Although national laws, policies and strategies protecting the rights of persons with disabilities are largely in existence, the low level of implementation of certain provisions keeps the vision of disability inclusion far from reach. The limited participation of OPDs in the planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of national programs often leads to sub-optimal representation of the views, needs, aspirations and challenges of persons with disabilities in the respective programs. The limited participation is a result of both low consultation of OPDs during planning processes and the low capacity of OPDs to contribute meaningfully and substantially towards planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programs. Additionally, even with programs that specifically focus on persons with disabilities, the consideration of gender and vulnerable or marginalized groups of persons with disabilities – for example those with psychosocial disabilities – is quite minimal. Finally, accountability and ownership of disability inclusion programs is still weaker than desired.


The proposed program will use a comprehensive approach of addressing these challenges. Rather than focus on direct service provision, the program will focus on sustainably creating a conducive environment for disability inclusion to thrive, mainly through building the capacity of national stakeholders (government, OPDs and UN) to jointly develop, implement, monitor and evaluate disability inclusion programs guided by CRPD and SDGs. This will be done by, among others, trainings and workshops on disability mainstreaming, implementation of the national disability policy, review of legal framework , strengthening multi-stakeholder coordination, evidence-based programming and effective monitoring of CRPD and disability-related SDGs through collection of data disaggregated by disability and gender (regularly updating the disability management information system (DMIS) indicators. These efforts are anticipated to contribute to the disability inclusion agenda through three main outcomes:
National Stakeholders have the knowledge and practical tools to effectively contribute to the development and implementation of disability inclusive policies, systems
National Gaps in achievement of essential building blocks or preconditions to CPRD implementation in development and humanitarian programs are addressed
National development and humanitarian plans, budgets, programs and monitoring processes are disability inclusive

Programme Documents