Final Evaluation of Aawaaz project-Inclusion for and by persons with disabilities

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Nepal
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2022
Completion Date:
05/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
4,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Aawaaz project-Inclusion for and by persons with disabilities
Atlas Project Number: 00085642
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Nepal
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2022
Planned End Date: 05/2022
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
SDG Goal
  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG Target
  • 1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
  • 10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
  • 17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
  • 5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • 7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 4,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 5,200
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with WHO, UNWOMEN, UNFPA
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Dr. Birendra Raj Pokharel National Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Federal and provincial government, local government, OPDs, persons with disabilities, UN agencies, UNPRPD
Countries: NEPAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Utilization of established disaggregated data of persons with disabilities in policy and programs: The project flourish by producing disaggregated data on persons with disabilities in SP, however it hasn’t contributed for strengthening the capacity of OPD to lead policy advocacy, demand accountability and address stigma and discrimination following anticipated output. Most of the stakeholders consulted were not informed or sensitized on the findings of the survey of persons with disabilities. Besides that, the accessibility feature of the disaggregated data is not available following Web Contain Accessibility Guideline (WCAG), as such, persons with disabilities are not benefited particularly those using screen reading software and those require easy to read format.  It is strongly recommended to mobilize OPDs to disseminate the report of disability survey with disaggregated data of persons with disabilities, providing reference to the local GOs for further collecting baseline data and allocate local budget to benefit all persons with disabilities irrespective of gender and caste/ethnicity. It is also strongly recommended to produce the high-quality disaggregated data in accessible and easy to read format so that it could benefit to all.

2

It is strongly recommended to the partner OPDs to strengthen advocacy to fulfill the state commitments and concluding observation of CRPD committee concerning article 31 and to build capacity of OPDs and engage them for establishing disaggregated data applying WGQ in the disability surveys in future.

3

Promoting access to justice to persons with disabilities addressing in Policy: The project has reached its third output of drafting Policy on Persons with Disabilities at SP; however, the provisions related to access to justice has not followed the international standards. It is strongly recommended the OPDs and implemented partners to strengthen advocacy to address the article 13 of CRPD and SDG 16 for providing access to justice for persons with disabilities, guarantee their protection from HR violence and discrimination as well as enhancing SRHR and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the drafted policy before it is endorsed by the Government in SP.

4

Promoting universal design principles: The OSRSC is however made accessible in physical infrastructure, full feature of accessibility standard hasn’t been addressed for those with visual impairment, hearing impaired and those living with intellectual disability. It is recommended to follow universal design principles while implementing the project activities making it compatible to article 9 of CRPD and the SDG 11 for ensuring barrier free environment for all persons with disabilities also strengthen reasonable accommodation while rendering services in the OSRSC. It is also recommended to follow the accessibility feature for the persons with visual impairment either in Braille or in the accessible digital audio format in DAISY or Epub.

5

Strengthening the roles of OPDs in partnership: The UN Partner agencies are recommended to promote roles of OPDs in consultations process of project design and deliver key role as implementing partners. The province level networks of NFDN should be engaged with all UN partner agencies in the disability specific project as well as the GESI related project for mainstreaming disability as a cross-cutting issue. It is strongly recommended that the OPDs are strengthen through the network of NFDN to make them capable to follow-up for the endorsement of the disability policy which is in the pipeline of the provincial Government in SP.

Since, partnership collaboration of UN Women with JURI is silent in OPD participation that contrast to article 29 of CRPD that embrace OPDs to be engaged, capacitated and to lead the disability issue for the promotion of political and social participation of persons with disabilities in local decision-making process. The implementing NGOs are strongly recommended to opened up the representation of persons with disabilities in the relevant decision-making process and encourage the newly established OPDs to be accommodated within the network of National provincial umbrella organisation for their sustainable functioning and strengthening advocacy initiatives in Human Rights Based Approach.

The local Municipalities are recommended to promote roles of OPDs particularly to address the concerns of people with disabilities from under-representative groups to ensure their rights within policies and programs.

6

Strengthen UN Inter-agencies collaboration in promoting disability inclusion: The contribution of the project to strengthen UN inter-agency collaboration is encouraging, the UN partner agencies are strongly recommended to continue initiatives to increase awareness and sensitization on disabilities issues among the staff members across all UN agencies and them to focus their work and recruitment process in making disability inclusive which follows CRPD principles. Besides, it is recommended to follow the accessibility standards following article 9 of CRPD with accessible technologies, in particular information and communications technologies, as well as to the physical environment making workplace environment accessible to persons with disabilities.

7

Following the CO of CRPD committee: The Advocacy with province parliamentarians helped building awareness on the human rights of persons with disabilities, it is strongly recommended for the provincial Government to fulfill their commitments within the policy. The local Municipalities are recommended to promote roles of OPDs particularly to address the concerns of people with disabilities from under-representative groups to ensure their rights within policies and programs to fulfill their commitments within the policy following concluding observation of CRPD committee.

8

Sensitization of newly elected bodies: Because the election of local bodies is declared in middle of May 2022, that may change the leadership of municipalities. It is strongly recommended to plan for further intervention to sensitize newly elected local bodies from the disability rights provisions and make stakeholders sensitized in assimilating the need for and importance of disability-inclusion in the local decision-making levels.

1. Recommendation:

Utilization of established disaggregated data of persons with disabilities in policy and programs: The project flourish by producing disaggregated data on persons with disabilities in SP, however it hasn’t contributed for strengthening the capacity of OPD to lead policy advocacy, demand accountability and address stigma and discrimination following anticipated output. Most of the stakeholders consulted were not informed or sensitized on the findings of the survey of persons with disabilities. Besides that, the accessibility feature of the disaggregated data is not available following Web Contain Accessibility Guideline (WCAG), as such, persons with disabilities are not benefited particularly those using screen reading software and those require easy to read format.  It is strongly recommended to mobilize OPDs to disseminate the report of disability survey with disaggregated data of persons with disabilities, providing reference to the local GOs for further collecting baseline data and allocate local budget to benefit all persons with disabilities irrespective of gender and caste/ethnicity. It is also strongly recommended to produce the high-quality disaggregated data in accessible and easy to read format so that it could benefit to all.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Recommednation is well received. CO will use the established data as reference when drafting the strategies. The other concern UN agencies will be encouraged to make use of the available disaggregated data produced for Sudurpaschim when drafting the UNSDCF.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.2. Produce and publish the disaggregated data in accessible format.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP 2022/12 Initiated
1.1 Share the findings and recommendation of the evaluation to other relevant agencies.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
GESI Advisor 2022/05 Completed
2. Recommendation:

It is strongly recommended to the partner OPDs to strengthen advocacy to fulfill the state commitments and concluding observation of CRPD committee concerning article 31 and to build capacity of OPDs and engage them for establishing disaggregated data applying WGQ in the disability surveys in future.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Agreed. UNDP will notify this recommendations  to the concerned UN agencies as well as to the National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN). 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Notify the recommendation to the concerned UN agencies as well as to NFDN.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
GESI Advisor 2022/05 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Promoting access to justice to persons with disabilities addressing in Policy: The project has reached its third output of drafting Policy on Persons with Disabilities at SP; however, the provisions related to access to justice has not followed the international standards. It is strongly recommended the OPDs and implemented partners to strengthen advocacy to address the article 13 of CRPD and SDG 16 for providing access to justice for persons with disabilities, guarantee their protection from HR violence and discrimination as well as enhancing SRHR and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the drafted policy before it is endorsed by the Government in SP.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Agreed. The particular section of draft policy will be reviewed to meet the international standard and recommend to the provincial government.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Review the drafted policy particularly section on promoting access to justice to persons with disabilities and propose the provision for such services to be included in the final version.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP/GESI Advisor 2022/09 Initiated
3.2 Advocacy and lobby with the SP government to amend the language.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP/GEIS Advisor 2022/12 Not Initiated
4. Recommendation:

Promoting universal design principles: The OSRSC is however made accessible in physical infrastructure, full feature of accessibility standard hasn’t been addressed for those with visual impairment, hearing impaired and those living with intellectual disability. It is recommended to follow universal design principles while implementing the project activities making it compatible to article 9 of CRPD and the SDG 11 for ensuring barrier free environment for all persons with disabilities also strengthen reasonable accommodation while rendering services in the OSRSC. It is also recommended to follow the accessibility feature for the persons with visual impairment either in Braille or in the accessible digital audio format in DAISY or Epub.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Recommendation is well received. The recommendation will be notified to the concerned UN agency to implement it. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 The recommendation will be notified to the concerned UN agency (WHO).
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP/GESI Advisor 2022/05 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Strengthening the roles of OPDs in partnership: The UN Partner agencies are recommended to promote roles of OPDs in consultations process of project design and deliver key role as implementing partners. The province level networks of NFDN should be engaged with all UN partner agencies in the disability specific project as well as the GESI related project for mainstreaming disability as a cross-cutting issue. It is strongly recommended that the OPDs are strengthen through the network of NFDN to make them capable to follow-up for the endorsement of the disability policy which is in the pipeline of the provincial Government in SP.

Since, partnership collaboration of UN Women with JURI is silent in OPD participation that contrast to article 29 of CRPD that embrace OPDs to be engaged, capacitated and to lead the disability issue for the promotion of political and social participation of persons with disabilities in local decision-making process. The implementing NGOs are strongly recommended to opened up the representation of persons with disabilities in the relevant decision-making process and encourage the newly established OPDs to be accommodated within the network of National provincial umbrella organisation for their sustainable functioning and strengthening advocacy initiatives in Human Rights Based Approach.

The local Municipalities are recommended to promote roles of OPDs particularly to address the concerns of people with disabilities from under-representative groups to ensure their rights within policies and programs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

The recommendation will be notified to the concerned UN agency (UN Women).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Notify the recommendation to the concerned Un agency (UNWOMEN)
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP/GESI Advisor 2022/05 Completed
5.2. The participating UN agencies will strengthen the engagement of the NFDN chapter at province level in implementation of the project.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP/GESI Advisor 2022/12 Not Initiated
6. Recommendation:

Strengthen UN Inter-agencies collaboration in promoting disability inclusion: The contribution of the project to strengthen UN inter-agency collaboration is encouraging, the UN partner agencies are strongly recommended to continue initiatives to increase awareness and sensitization on disabilities issues among the staff members across all UN agencies and them to focus their work and recruitment process in making disability inclusive which follows CRPD principles. Besides, it is recommended to follow the accessibility standards following article 9 of CRPD with accessible technologies, in particular information and communications technologies, as well as to the physical environment making workplace environment accessible to persons with disabilities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

The findings of the evaluation will be shared with the UNCT and organize the regular sharing platform for the UN and OPDs.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Sharing of the evaluation recommendation to the UN agencies.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP and other participating UN agencies 2022/12 Initiated
6.2. Conduct regular sharing platform meetings.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP 2022/12 Not Initiated
7. Recommendation:

Following the CO of CRPD committee: The Advocacy with province parliamentarians helped building awareness on the human rights of persons with disabilities, it is strongly recommended for the provincial Government to fulfill their commitments within the policy. The local Municipalities are recommended to promote roles of OPDs particularly to address the concerns of people with disabilities from under-representative groups to ensure their rights within policies and programs to fulfill their commitments within the policy following concluding observation of CRPD committee.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Agreed. Regular platform will be established at provincial and local level (selected).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Sharing Platform established at province and local level (selected).
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP 2023/12 Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:

Sensitization of newly elected bodies: Because the election of local bodies is declared in middle of May 2022, that may change the leadership of municipalities. It is strongly recommended to plan for further intervention to sensitize newly elected local bodies from the disability rights provisions and make stakeholders sensitized in assimilating the need for and importance of disability-inclusion in the local decision-making levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/29]

Recommendation is well received. Sensitization on persons with disabilities organized for newly elected leaders.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Organize sensitization sessions for newly elected leaders on persons with disabilities.
[Added: 2022/06/29]
UNDP and participating other UN agencies 2023/03 Not Initiated

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