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UNPRPD Key Documents
About the UNPRPD
The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) is a unique collaborative effort that brings together UN entities, governments, disabled people’s organizations and the broader civil society to advance disability rights around the world. The UNPRPD supports the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by facilitating policy dialogue, coalition-building and capacity-development at country, regional and global level. In doing so, it leverages the comparative advantage of multiple stakeholders to advance the vision of a “society for all” in the 21st century.
The UNPRPD is supported by the UNPRPD Fund, a Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) established to mobilize resources for the Partnership. The UNPRPD MPTF is administered by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) and builds on the experience developed by the MPTF Office in managing multiple Multi-Partner Trust Funds and joint programmes around the world.
The primary focus of the UNPRPD is the promotion of country-level joint programmes in which Participating UN Organizations engage in collaborative efforts with a range of partners to trigger systemic change. This component receives the vast majority of UNPRPD funds. Country-level programmes, however, are supplemented by supportive activities designed to maximize the impact of the UNPRPD operations on the ground through complementary action at the regional and global level.
Key supportive work streams include efforts to strengthen the voice of persons with disabilities at the regional level, and activities to develop strategically important resources on disability rights at the global level. Both of these work streams can be seen as extensions and reinforcements of country-level capacity development work.
The regional work stream will eventually strengthen national organizations of persons with disabilities by providing them with additional opportunities to collaborate, exert influence and receive support. The global work stream will empower all actors involved in UNPRPD’s work at country level by developing additional knowledge that is relevant to their needs and challenges.
The governance of the UNPRPD is based on two mechanisms:
The UNPRPD Policy Board (PB) is a high-level body responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Partnership. The Policy Board also reviews the work supported by the UNPRPD Fund and provides programmatic oversight for the utilization of the financial resources entrusted to the UNPRPD.
The UNPRPD Management Committee (MC) is a working-level, standing committee of the Policy Board responsible for providing guidance and support to the implementation of UNPRPD activities. The Management Committee reviews project proposals and decides on the allocation of UNPRPD funds.
The Board and the Management Committee are supported in their work by a Technical Secretariat, currently hosted by the UNDP Inclusive Political Processes Team in the Governance and Peacebuilding cluster. In addition to supporting the Policy Board and Management Committee governance functions, the Technical Secretariat facilitates coordination among Participating UN Organizations and undertakes external relations work on behalf of the Partnership members.
The UNPRPD Policy Board and its Management Committee are based on four key constituencies—UN, CRPD States Parties, donors, persons with disabilities and broader civil society. Each Board member is expected to act also as representative of its constituency peers. In addition, the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on Disability are invited to advise the Board. The criteria regulating selection and rotation of Members are laid out in the UNPRPD’s Strategic and Operational Framework.
The UNPRPD Fund will use the pass-through funding modality, where donors and Participating UN Organizations agree to channel funding through one Participating UN Organization, referred to as the Administrative Agent. The Agent is the appointed interface between the Participating UN Organizations and the donors for administrative matters.
The UNDP MPTF Office has been appointed by the UNPRPD Participating UN Organizations to act as the Administrative Agent for the UNPRPD Fund. UNDP’s accountability as the Administrative Agent is set out in the policy ‘UNDP’s Accountability when acting as Administrative Agent in MPTFs and JPs using the pass-through fund management modality’ (see mptf.undp.org). UNDP performs the Administrative Agent functions in accordance with the UNDG ‘Protocol on the Administrative Agent for MPTFs and JPs.’
Proposals for funding are submitted to the UNPRPD Fund by one or more of the Participating UN Organizations based on in-country-demand in consultation with governmental institutions, organizations of persons with disabilities and civil society partners, or other partners as relevant (e.g. social partners, academia, etc.).
Once a call for proposals is issued, proposals undergo a rigorous, multi-stage process of assessment. The standard steps for the assessment of proposals are detailed in the UNPRPD Strategic and Operational Framework. These steps, however, can be tailor-made to individual calls for proposals by the Management Committee, depending on specific needs and circumstances and taking into account four key process requirements: (1) ensuring quality; (2) reducing transaction costs; (3) reducing overhead costs; (4) eliminating conflict of interest.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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For Policy and Programme Issues
UNPRPD Technical Secrertariat
For Fund Administrative Agent Issues
Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau of Management, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;