Unique in design, the UNPRPD Trust Fund brings together the United Nations, governments, organizations for people with disabilities, and civil societies to support the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Progress is made by facilitating policy dialogue, building coalitions, and developing institutional capacities at country, regional, and global levels. In doing so, partners leverage their various comparative advantages while advancing the vision of societies “that cater to all.”
The promotion of country-level joint programmes allows partners to trigger systemic change. All programmes are complimented by activities designed to maximize the impact of UNPRPD operations through collaborative action at the regional and global levels. Efforts include regionally strengthening the voice of people with disabilities and launching activities that secure critical resources for disability rights at the global level.
Regional action is meant to lead to stronger national organizations for people with disabilities, providing them with new opportunities to collaborate, exert influence, and receive support. The global work stream, meanwhile, empowers everyone involved with UNPRPD at the country level to gather and share knowledge relevant to local context.
Theory of change
The UNPRPD takes a systemic approach to social dynamics. This acknowledges the role environmental factors play in shaping opportunities, while also recognizing the power “change makers” have in bringing about transformation through individual and collective efforts.
Social norms are central to structural systems, which makes these systems a primary channel for enacting and sustaining discrimination over time. It is important for norms and behaviours to be systematically addressed if the equality of all (and their human rights) are to be advanced. The UNPRPD approach gives change makers the leverage they need to pursue outcomes in spaces characterized by a multitude of social norms, some of which are formally codified (as in the case of laws and policies), or informal (cultural standards of conduct).
To achieve Trust Fund objectives, stakeholders employ tactics that are material and immaterial but extend the programmatic sphere of influence. Success ultimately relies collaborative arrangements with like-minded partners as growing networks connect change makers and secure sustainable streams of funding—both of which have profound and lasting effects for communities.