The East Africa Center for Disability Law and Policy (EA-CDLP) has today 30th July 2018 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Council for Disability (NCD). The MOU is aimed at initiating, promoting and implementing mechanisms to monitor and evaluate actions of all public and private stakeholders on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the recommendations from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The 2016 Review Report on Uganda’s Readiness for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda highlighted the limited capacity to undertake effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the implementation of SDGs and targets on disability. It also noted the delays to define methodologies to support compilation of data on SDG indicators on disability. The UN Committee in 2016 reviewed Uganda’s report on the status of implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and adopted several Concluding Observations. The UN Committee noted among others the following: (i) the lack of a strategy by the NCD to coordinate public policies in all areas covered by the Convention; and (ii) the absence of specific mechanisms for the participation of organisations of persons with disabilities and civil society in the entire process of monitoring the Convention. It is upon this background that EA-CDLP and NCD have formed the partnership to spearhead this work through the signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will be executed for a period of five (5) consecutive years.