South Africa
Country Programmes

Accelerating the implementation of the UNCRPD in South Africa

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
13 Mar 201330 Sep 2015
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 308,297
Thematic focus: Awareness Raising, CRPD monitoring (art 33), Disability Policy and/or Law, Social Protection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP

Government Organizations

  • The South African Human Rights Commission
  • Department of Women, Youth and Persons with disabilities
  • Department of Social Development
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Education
  • National Treasury
  • Statistics South Africa
  • Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Department of Employment and Labour

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Southern Africa Federation of Disabled (ZAFOD)

The Programme

The effective planning and implementation of programmes related to the CRPD was hindered in South Africa by an insufficiently developed policy framework, inadequate alignment between budgetary allocations and CRPD provisions, and a lack of comprehensive data on the opportunities and challenges faced by persons with disabilities.
This project was launched by UNPRPD in 2013 to assist the South African government in addressing these bottlenecks through work focused on three entry points: the articulation of a CRPD compliant policy framework; the development of an analytical framework for disability-sensitive budgeting; and the strengthening of monitoring capacity in the area of disability rights.


The programme aimed at achieving three complementary outcomes to

strengthen M&E capacity for effective oversight and advocacy for promotion of rights of persons with disabilities;

establish a CRPD compliant legal and policy framework to implement provisions of the Convention in South Africa;

reduce economic vulnerability of persons with disabilities. The participating UN organisations are UNDP, UNICEF and OHCHR.

Programme Documents