The overall aim of this project is to initiate the process of regular collection, analysis and dissemination of disability related data in the East African region. Article 31 of the CRPD provides for the collection of appropriate statistical and research data on disability to enable the formulation and implementation of policies and programs aimed at realizing the other provisions of the CRPD. The CRPD Concluding Observations on Uganda’s Initial Report on the Progress of Implementation of the CRPD (April 2016) highlighted the absence of systems to collect information on the situation of persons with disabilities in Uganda, including refugees. The absence of disaggregated data on persons with disabilities was singled out in a number of other sections of the CRPD concluding observations, including children, education, health and employment. The Committee therefore recommended to government to systematically facilitate the collection, analysis and dissemination of disaggregated data about persons with disabilities and the barriers they face.
Closely related is the review report on Uganda’s readiness for implementation of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (July 2016), which has very limited data on disability issues. This is despite Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, target 17.18 requiring States to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated on issues, including disability.
This project is therefore timely for initiating systematic processes for generating data necessary to inform the implementation and monitoring of the CRPD Concluding Observations as well as Agenda 2030 on sustainable development in Uganda. Without this, disability inclusion in government programmes on education, health, employment and other community initiatives will perpetually remain limited. CDLP thus seeks to build the capacity of DPOs and government departments to establish a robust data collection mechanism on persons with disabilities in line with the CRPD to monitor progress towards the SDGs. Furthermore, by singling out article 31 as the center of this project, CDLP seeks to demonstrate to government and other stakeholders that a mechanism for collecting and managing up-to-date data on disability is possible in the region. It must be emphasized that data is vital for planning-decisions, tracking change and monitoring progress of various government program