Country Programmes

The new Tunisia won’t be built without us

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
27 Sep 201331 Dec 2020
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 491,239
Thematic focus: Employment, Inclusive education, Social Protection, Statistics and Data Collection

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP
  • ILO

Government Organizations

  • Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Planning
  • National Statistics
  • Ministry of Education

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • The Tunisian organization for the Defense of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

National Partners

  • Office Universities
  • Specialized Centers
  • NGOs

The Programme

The UNPRPD project ‘The New Tunisia Won’t Be Built Without Us’ was established in 2013 to create solid foundations for the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of Tunisia’s political transition.
The programme’s main objective focuses on the inclusion of persons with disabilities from a Human Rights perspective. It aims at strengthening stakeholders’ capacities in advocating, respecting, and fulfilling the rights of persons with disabilities as well as developing a common new national vision on Disability in Tunisia. The programme was developed through a participatory and consultative process involving public authorities, civil society representatives and persons with disabilities representatives.


The programme focuses on 2 enabling factors and 2 specific rights coupled with 2 in-focus groups as entry points and a follow up to its objectives through a twin-track approach involving targeted as well as mainstream actions to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities from a Human Rights perspective.

The programme helped to increase capacities of persons with disabilities and their representatives and the main institutional actors concerned with the rights of persons with disabilities, in line with the CRPD on raising knowledge, improving social capital, developing political clout for individuals as well as organizations.

The main outcomes of the programme reflect the following 4 thematic priorities:

Rights-based Advocacy towards persons with disabilities

Survey, statistics and assessment of social protection mechanisms towards persons with disabilities

School inclusion and protection of children with disabilities

Employment of youth with disabilities

Programme Documents