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Project ID:00112314Description:UNPRPD - NEPAL- Aawaaz (Voice)
UNPRPD Disability Fund
Start Date *: 21 Sep 2018
UNPRPD - Disability Fund
End Date*: 15 Nov 2021
Country: Nepal Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Project Background

Recent years have seen considerable advances for the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities. The 2015 Constitution of Nepal provides strong guarantees, including the right to education, right to social justice, participation in public life, and the right to live in dignity and honour.[1] Despite the improvements enshrined in the Constitution and the overall legal and policy framework, however, most services remain out of reach for persons with disabilities. Moreover, existing research and the recommendations given by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“the CRPD”) raise the concern that the intersection of gender inequality and disability creates further marginalisation and social, political and economic exclusion for women and girls with disabilities.

Recognising that women and girls are at greater risk of multiple forms of discrimination, the project aims to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Nepal and enhance their capacities, in particular in ensuring that policies are gender-responsive through a range of interlinked and reinforcing interventions. The proposed interventions are directly in line with the Constitution of Nepal, the provisions of the CRPD, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022 and support the Government of Nepal’s vision of living up to the promise of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind’.

By producing high quality disaggregated data on persons with disabilities; by strengthening the capacity of disabled people’s organisations (DPO) to lead policy advocacy, demand accountability and address stigma and discrimination; and by supporting the development of an evidence-based draft Policy on Persons with Disabilities in line with international standards in Province 7, UN organisations aim to promote a policy environment that enables persons with disabilities to claim their human rights and access services. The programme aims to particularly promote the realisation of the 1) right to health, 2) right to participation in public and political life, and 3) right to information.

The project is designed to align with the currently ongoing federalisation process in Nepal, and aims to foster an enabling policy environment by enhancing the capacities of both rights holders and duty bearers in Province 7. It will strengthen the capacity of institutions and organisations working on rights of persons with disabilities to engage in evidence-based advocacy, to ensure that the rights of persons with disability are at the top of the agenda of policy makers, and included in local and provincial level budgets. It will further strengthen the partnership and alliances among DPOs. The project development phase has been greatly influenced by consultations held with DPOs, some of which are proposed as implementing partners throughout the project.

[1] Articles 31. 39, 42 (1) and (3), 43 of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015

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