Evaluation of UNDP support to disability-inclusive development

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Evaluation Plan:
2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type:
Thematic
Planned End Date:
01/2017
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
350,000

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Title Evaluation of UNDP support to disability-inclusive development
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Evaluation Plan: 2014-2017, Independent Evaluation Office
Evaluation Type: Thematic
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 01/2017
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 350,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 350,000
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The next UNDP strategic plan, for the period 2018-2021, should give significantly greater prominence and attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, with outcomes and outputs designed to align substantively with the breadth of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and situate UNDP as a leading provider of disability-inclusive expertise. UNDP should then develop an action plan on disability that publicly details the UNDP approach with clear goal(s), targets and specific indicators within a revised integrated results and resources framework (IRRF).

2

In its efforts to help Governments achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP should pay special attention to disability-inclusive targets, emphasizing Goal 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, where UNDP is an acknowledged lead agency. The aim of UNDP to support Governments in the implementation of disability-inclusive development targets under the Goals should be noted in the new strategic plan and IRRF.

3

The UNDP Disability Guidance Note should be revised and reissued to articulate recommendations for programme design and implementation that are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. This guidance should include a ‘toolkit’ for how to include disability in the various areas of UNDP programming and operations.

4

UNDP management at the country level should work through the resident coordinator system and United Nations country team counterparts to ensure that all United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) identify persons with disabilities as a vulnerable group, and specify outcomes for targeted and mainstreamed programming that address implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and disability-inclusive development actions, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. Persons with disabilities, disabled people’s organizations and civil society groups working on disability inclusion should be consulted as part of the UNDAF planning process.

5

Expansion and increased funding for the The United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) is strongly urged. In addition to current donor support, the technical secretariat should facilitate a discussion within the policy board on the possibility of partnerships with private sector entities and foundations as part of an expanded resource mobilization effort.

6

UNDP should deepen its partnerships with disabled people’s organizations to utilize their expertise on disability inclusion for both programming and human resource issues.

7

UNDP efforts in support of employment and livelihood improvement should be aligned with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including their right to freely choose their work on an equal basis with others. Whenever feasible, UNDP should promote programmes that reach the full diversity of the disability community.

8

UNDP support to social protection programming should include measures to make social protection systems fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Commensurate with this focus, and in keeping with the Convention, UNDP should make clear its commitment to deinstitutionalization, by championing government efforts to plan and carry out transitions to community-based living arrangements.

9

Specific activities targeting disability access must be included in all UNDP electoral assistance projects, including support to partner Governments on electoral access in law, policy and practice.

10

In its work in countries that are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and in environments affected by conflict, UNDP should pay make specific reference to the needs of persons with disabilities in crisis prevention planning and risk assessments, early recovery and post-crisis development planning.

11

At headquarters, regional and country levels, UNDP should pay particular attention to and provide support for improving the collection of data on disability, consistent with Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Through its results-oriented annual reporting mechanism, UNDP should periodically track and report on country-level programming and lessons that address the rights of persons with disabilities as participants in and beneficiaries of development.

12

UNDP should review and revise pertinent documentation used for programme design, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that disability inclusion in development is appropriately addressed (e.g., the UNDAF, Gender Equality Strategy, Gender Marker and Seal, Social and Environmental Standards and Programme Design), and is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal frameworks and indicators that reference persons with disabilities.

13

UNDP should survey its staff to better determine the number of employees with disabilities and the types and costs of reasonable accommodation measures that have been provided. A line item should be added to the UNDP human resources budget on reasonable accommodation to ensure appropriate funding of reasonable accommodation support. A disability accommodation fund could be established to help secure needed funding. The United Nations Children's Fund's Greening and Accessibility Fund presents an innovative model for UNDP to consider.

14

The UNDP diversity and inclusiveness strategy should be revised to make clear that the organization will adequately support staff with disabilities in all phases of the full employment continuum, including recruitment, retention and retirement, and through sufficient financial resources for workplace accommodation. In addition, policies and grievance procedures should make clear the recourse persons have where their needs for accommodation are not met.  To expand understanding of the rights of persons with disabilities across the organization, UNDP should update, relaunch and make mandatory the e-learning module on disabilities and promote it among all staff at all levels.

15

UNDP should implement a recruitment initiative to bring persons with disabilities into the organization, including through targeted advertisements on disability networks. In vacancy announcements, it should specifically encourage persons with disabilities to apply, and adopt affirmative action-like policies that give preference to persons with disabilities who are as equally qualified as other applicants. UNDP should also consider establishing a paid internship programme for qualified persons with disabilities, which could provide a potential pathway to full-time employment.

16

An accessibility audit of UNDP premises and work environments should be carried out to identify existing barriers to inclusion and practical steps that can be taken to eliminate them. This should include a review of information technology security arrangements to ensure their compatibility with relevant accessibility standards. UNDP should set a date by which all of its premises are to accessible, regardless of local building codes.

1. Recommendation:

The next UNDP strategic plan, for the period 2018-2021, should give significantly greater prominence and attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, with outcomes and outputs designed to align substantively with the breadth of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and situate UNDP as a leading provider of disability-inclusive expertise. UNDP should then develop an action plan on disability that publicly details the UNDP approach with clear goal(s), targets and specific indicators within a revised integrated results and resources framework (IRRF).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

Contingent on the inclusion of disabilities as part of the new strategic plan for 2018-2021, clear goals, targets and indicators of the IRRF will be disability-inclusive. This includes ways to consider both disability-specific indicators at the corporate level and country-specific disaggregations of data on disability. Consideration will be given to the feasibility of including disability-disaggregated indicators, taking into account national statistical capacities and cost effectiveness of disaggregated data collection in key areas over the new strategic plan period.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. The organization will take into account the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities during its process to identify the highest priority outcome and output areas to which it can contribute through the new strategic plan. Subject to this, disability-specific targets and indicators will be considered as part of IRRF development.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/04/26]
Executive Office, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Development Impact Group) 2018/12 Initiated April 2017: People with disabilities are being considered as part of UNDP’s more sophisticated approach to targeting for the next Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Further details will be available as UNDP advances with the design of its SP and IRRF over the coming weeks.
2. Recommendation:

In its efforts to help Governments achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP should pay special attention to disability-inclusive targets, emphasizing Goal 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, where UNDP is an acknowledged lead agency. The aim of UNDP to support Governments in the implementation of disability-inclusive development targets under the Goals should be noted in the new strategic plan and IRRF.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP welcomes the recommendation to emphasize the promotion of peaceful, just and inclusive societies in work on disability-inclusive targets in the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 16 and related targets. It is critical to note the contributory nature of the work of UNDP, in conjunction with other stakeholders in the arena.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Review and integrate disability inclusion into elements of the UNDP Global Programme of support for Member States on Sustainable Development Goal 16 and peaceful, just and inclusive societies more broadly.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster 2018/12 Initiated Issues of disability were featured strongly in the workshops of the Global Alliance and as part of methodologies of indicators where UNDP is interim custodian UNDP has taken note of the recommendations on promoting democratic governance reforms and Goal 16 related intergovernmental agreements on peace building and State-building. UNDP SP proposes signature solutions developed to strengthen effective, accountable and inclusive governance focusing on supporting diverse pathways towards building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This solution will seek to build inclusive institutions and mechanisms for the peaceful resolution of conflict and for advancing social cohesion with the inclusion of women, youth, people with disabilities and other traditionally excluded groups.
2.2. UNDP will consider the most effective way to reflect its contribution to supporting the implementation of Goal 16 targets within its new strategic plan and IRRF.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2018/01/26]
Executive Office, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Development Impact Group 2018/12 Initiated ‘UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021 identifies persons with disabilities as a critical target group in its multi-sectoral integrated poverty eradication efforts, as well as the inclusion of civil society representing persons with disability crucial in country efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and in mechanisms for the peaceful resolution of conflict and for advancing social cohesion. The SP IRRF, to be fully populated by December 2018, has already integrated indicators related to SDG target 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
3. Recommendation:

The UNDP Disability Guidance Note should be revised and reissued to articulate recommendations for programme design and implementation that are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. This guidance should include a ‘toolkit’ for how to include disability in the various areas of UNDP programming and operations.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP has provided guidance on how to apply the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in UNDP programming in 2012, and also contributed to United Nations Development Group guidance for United Nations country teams. UNDP welcome the recommendation to further elaborate on the existing guidance in the framework of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. UNDP will reissue updated guidance on how to apply the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in its programming in light of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), Regional Bureaux 2018/07 Not Initiated UNDP guidance will need to be aligned with updated UNDESA guidance which has not yet commenced being developed
4. Recommendation:

UNDP management at the country level should work through the resident coordinator system and United Nations country team counterparts to ensure that all United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) identify persons with disabilities as a vulnerable group, and specify outcomes for targeted and mainstreamed programming that address implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and disability-inclusive development actions, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. Persons with disabilities, disabled people’s organizations and civil society groups working on disability inclusion should be consulted as part of the UNDAF planning process.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP should certainly promote it to a much greater degree and scale up targeting of persons with disabilities in its programmes and projects. UNDAFs are nationally owned programmes for which selection of targeted groups in line with national priorities is crucial. In the new UNDAF guidance, definition of target groups includes people with disabilities and targeting is a critical parameter of quality in joint programming. Leaving no one behind is the overarching principle of integrated programming. UNDP contributes to UNDAF formulation as part of multi-agency consultations which are driven largely by analysis and evidence of vulnerable and marginalized groups affected by a particular development challenge, coupled with consideration of national priorities and specific resource constraints. While taking note of this recommendation, UNDP recognizes that UNDAFs are based on national priorities and availability of resources.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Review and revise guidance and templates used for programming design and monitoring to ensure that disability is appropriately addressed, including as part of consultative planning processes.
[Added: 2017/01/30]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/Development Impact Group/ Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, Regional Bureaux, Executive Office 2021/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Expansion and increased funding for the The United Nations Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) is strongly urged. In addition to current donor support, the technical secretariat should facilitate a discussion within the policy board on the possibility of partnerships with private sector entities and foundations as part of an expanded resource mobilization effort.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP, in its capacity as UNPRPD technical secretariat, recognizes the need to expand resources for the UNPRPD and welcomes this recommendation. The technical secretariat will initiate a discussion at the level of the Policy Board on the possibility of partnerships with private sector entities and foundations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. UNDP, as part of the UNPRPD technical secretariat, to include in the proposed UNPRPD workplan 2017-2018 a discussion with the Policy Board on resource mobilization expansion, including partnerships with the private sector and foundations.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ UNPRPD Technical Secretariat, Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster 2018/06 Initiated Medium term perspective note has been approved by the Policy Board. Based on this note a strategy to expand resources mobilization efforts including with the private sector will be developed.
6. Recommendation:

UNDP should deepen its partnerships with disabled people’s organizations to utilize their expertise on disability inclusion for both programming and human resource issues.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP welcomes the recommendation to continue to deepen its partnerships with disabled people’s organizations to continue to utilize their expertise on disability inclusion for both programming and human resource issues. UNDP senior management currently engages with a stakeholder from the disability community through the Administrator’s Civil Society Advisory Committee, which is a formal mechanism for a dialogue between civil society and UNDP senior management on key issues of policy and strategy.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Revisions to the UNDP civic engagement strategy will involve consultations, including with the UNDP Civil Society Advisory Committee, which currently includes a member of a disabled persons' organization (noting that Committee members serve in their individual capacities, not as organizational representatives).
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Governance & Peacebuilding Cluster 2018/12 Initiated Based on the new strategic plan, the civic engagement strategy has been finalized and the Civil Society Advisory Committee will be continued to be consulted.
7. Recommendation:

UNDP efforts in support of employment and livelihood improvement should be aligned with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including their right to freely choose their work on an equal basis with others. Whenever feasible, UNDP should promote programmes that reach the full diversity of the disability community.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP concurs with the recommendations from the evaluation. Aligning UNDP work on employment and livelihoods to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including ensuring that UNDP-supported programmes reach the full diversity of the disability community, aligns with the UNDP approach on 'leaving no one behind' in the quest for poverty eradication and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. Research has shown that people with disabilities are disproportionately represented among the most vulnerable. Therefore, incorporating them in employment and livelihood support will improve their economic prosperity as well as address larger issues of poverty, inequality and exclusion.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1. UNDP will develop guidance and /or a checklist on how to align employment and livelihoods improvement with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including their right to freely choose their work on an equal basis with others.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Sustainable Development Cluster 2018/06 Initiated Internal tool has been developed and is being reviewed
7.2. UNDP will integrate disabilities in its employment and livelihoods programmes by ensuring that at least 10 per cent of programme resources /funds reach the diversity of the disability community.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Sustainable Development Cluster 2018/06 Initiated
8. Recommendation:

UNDP support to social protection programming should include measures to make social protection systems fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Commensurate with this focus, and in keeping with the Convention, UNDP should make clear its commitment to deinstitutionalization, by championing government efforts to plan and carry out transitions to community-based living arrangements.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP welcomes this recommendation. Making social protection systems accessible to individuals with disabilities is fully aligned with the UNDP approach of inclusive social protection. As outlined in the recently published, 'Leaving No One Behind: A Social Protection Primer for Practitioners', UNDP work to implement social protection systems includes reforms that tackle social exclusion - such as legal and policy reforms to change disempowering and discriminatory social norms and practices - and enable and encourage the most marginalized to register, access and benefit from social protection.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1. UNDP will develop guidance on how to make social protection systems fully accessible to individuals living with disabilities. This guidance will include best practices from around the world on improving the accessibility of social protection systems.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Sustainable Development Cluster 2018/06 Initiated Full draft to be completed by the end of the year and then circulated for peer review.
9. Recommendation:

Specific activities targeting disability access must be included in all UNDP electoral assistance projects, including support to partner Governments on electoral access in law, policy and practice.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP advocates for all societal groups having access to institutions and political processes. UNDP agrees that disability access should be mainstreamed in all UNDP electoral assistance programming, and when approved by the Focal Point for Electoral Assistance, include specific support to partner Governments and stakeholders on electoral disability access in law, policy and practice. The parameters and areas of United Nations involvement in electoral assistance are defined by the Focal Point for Electoral Assistance (Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs) on the basis of the recommendations of an electoral needs assessment that is undertaken as response to a request for electoral assistance by a Member State.  UNDP will work with the Department of Political Affairs and other members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Mechanism for Electoral Assistance to review the Guidelines for Electoral Needs Assessments to better include the area of disabilities. UNDP takes note of the fact that further knowledge and tools are needed to help country offices to adequately mainstream disabilities in electoral assistance.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
9.1. Work within the Inter-Agency Coordination Mechanism for Electoral Assistance to revise Needs Assessment Mission Guidelines to include a section and checklist on disability.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster 2018/12 Initiated Conversation with DPA and other UN agencies on the revision of the Note of Guidance was initiated, but interagency agreement on the revision of the policies not completed.
9.2. Develop further tools and guidance on mainstreaming disability access in electoral assistance
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster 2018/12 Initiated During 2017 a policy document was developed entitled “Ensuring the Participation of People with Intellectual and/or Psychosocial Disabilities in Political and Public Life”
10. Recommendation:

In its work in countries that are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and in environments affected by conflict, UNDP should pay make specific reference to the needs of persons with disabilities in crisis prevention planning and risk assessments, early recovery and post-crisis development planning.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP welcomes the recommendation and will review crisis response and early recovery guidance and procedures in order to refine and improve tools and process which ensure that the rights and needs of persons with disabilities are met in crisis and post-crisis contexts. UNDP will integrate specific guidelines on addressing needs of people with disabilities in the corporate policy on recovery. Efforts will be made to assess the impacts of disasters on people living with disabilities in post-disaster needs assessments and include specific plans for addressing needs of people with disabilities in the organization's ' own post-disaster recovery plans and programmes. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
10.1. Review and integrate disability/inclusion/vulnerability in the crisis response packages.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2018/01/02]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Crisis Response Unit (CRU) 2018/12 Initiated Substantive contribution to the crisis packages include the following (as has been mentioned in other actions) - integrated section on assessing the impact of disasters on people living with disabilities in the PDNA guidelines and tools. (10.3) - UNDP is preparing a case study in Nepal on the issue of integrating disability in recovery. (10.5) - Guidance material was developed on Emergency Livelihoods, including checklists for programme and project development and implementation, that integrates people with disabilities in the crisis package. It is currently being finalized. (7.1) -a dedicated section on people living with disabilities is being included in its draft recovery policy. (10.3) Once the programme tools are clear on their requirements then we can explore options to bring in the ops and advocacy elements in the picture (in the course of 2018).
10.2. Review and raise awareness on disability/inclusion/vulnerability in the Global Cluster on Early Recovery capacity-building, particularly in relation to conflict and disaster settings or persons with disabilities as a result of conflict/disaster.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Crisis Response Unit (CRU) 2018/12 Initiated - The ER cluster has in 2016-2017 conducted 6 trainings of cluster coordinators and early recovery advisors, reaching some 150 experts. The cluster has increased awareness of its roster members on inclusion and vulnerabilities through substantial sessions in each training on inclusion, vulnerability awareness, conflict sensitive approaches, gender and age mainstreaming and accountability to the affected people. However, the vulnerabilities training doesn’t explicitly focus on disabilities.
10.3. Ensure that the UNDP policy on recovery addresses the needs of people with disabilities in post-crisis contexts and in crisis preparedness.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Strategic and Policy Support Unit and Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit/ Development Impact Group 2018/12 Initiated The draft recovery policy has a separate section on people living with disabilities.
10.4. Post-disaster needs assessments and recovery plans take into account specific impacts of disasters on people with disabilities with disaggregated data and a separate component dealing with recovery needs and interventions for people with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit/Development Impact Group 2023/12 Initiated By December 2017 and annually thereafter The Human Impact assessment guidelines currently being finalized includes a section on assessing impacts of people living with disabilities
10.5. UNDP recovery programmes following disasters target/prioritize a minimum of 10 per cent of UNDP funds to assist households of people with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/ Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit and Sustainable Development Cluster/Development Impact Group 2018/12 Initiated No evidence that 10% of funds is actually utilized but people living with disabilities and their care givers given support see case study from Nepal.
11. Recommendation:

At headquarters, regional and country levels, UNDP should pay particular attention to and provide support for improving the collection of data on disability, consistent with Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Through its results-oriented annual reporting mechanism, UNDP should periodically track and report on country-level programming and lessons that address the rights of persons with disabilities as participants in and beneficiaries of development.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

Whether UNDP should track and report on the rights of persons with disabilities as participants and beneficiaries of development interventions in the results-oriented annual reports (ROAR) is a decision that needs to be taken in line with the positioning of the next strategic plan. The ROAR will collect data that are relevant within a given strategy or framework and for corporate and/ or national purposes. The 2014 ROAR included detailed questions on measures that have been taken to increase accessibility of products and services provided by country offices and regional bureaux to beneficiaries with disabilities, and measures taken to increase inclusion of persons with disabilities in personnel and staff. The 2014 data provided an initial picture of the actions UNDP country offices and bureaux have taken to support the rights of people with disabilities, in line with the UNPRPD, for which UNDP acts as technical secretariat.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
11.1. Review and revise guidance and templates used for the ROAR to periodically track and report on country-level programming and lessons that address the rights of persons with disabilities as participants in and beneficiaries of development.
[Added: 2017/01/30]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)/Development Impact Group, Regional Bureaux, Executive Office 2018/12 Not Initiated
12. Recommendation:

UNDP should review and revise pertinent documentation used for programme design, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that disability inclusion in development is appropriately addressed (e.g., the UNDAF, Gender Equality Strategy, Gender Marker and Seal, Social and Environmental Standards and Programme Design), and is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal frameworks and indicators that reference persons with disabilities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP welcomes this recommendation, and will identify opportunities to strengthen disability inclusion across its corporate standards and tools.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
12.1. UNDP will initiate a review and update of the Social and Environmental Standards in 2017. As part of this review, UNDP will identify opportunities to further address disability inclusion in development in the standards and related procedures, tools and guidance. UNDP will incorporate reference to disabilities in the forthcoming gender equality strategy to be developed in 2017.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support / Development Impact Group/ Gender Team 2018/12 Not Initiated The update of UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards will take place in 2018 to ensure greater alignment with the evolving UN common approach to social and environmental safeguards. The update will ensure that disability inclusion is addressed. The gender strategy is still in progress and there is still an opportunity to integrate inclusion of persons with disabilities.
13. Recommendation:

UNDP should survey its staff to better determine the number of employees with disabilities and the types and costs of reasonable accommodation measures that have been provided. A line item should be added to the UNDP human resources budget on reasonable accommodation to ensure appropriate funding of reasonable accommodation support. A disability accommodation fund could be established to help secure needed funding. The United Nations Children's Fund's Greening and Accessibility Fund presents an innovative model for UNDP to consider.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP largely agrees with the recommendation, with a caveat that based on leading practice, candidates applying for UNDP jobs and existing employees cannot be forced to disclose disabilities unless they voluntarily choose to do so. Having said this, UNDP will survey its offices to get a more comprehensive overview of issues and existing practices related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the UNDP workplace. With regard to funding for reasonable accommodation, UNDP will look into the establishment of a requisite funding mechanism. Its exact configuration and management arrangements are to be determined.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
13.1. Analyse results of the Global Staff Survey with regard to issues faced by persons with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2017/03 Completed Results were presented to the senior management and informed the development of an initial assistance project on advancing the inclusion of PwD in UNDP, which was approved in late May 2017.
13.2. Launch a survey of UNDP offices to collect information and review existing practices and opportunities for improvement with regard to accessibility, reasonable accommodation and support for employees with disabilities and those who have family members with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2017/09 Completed The survey was conducted, as planned, and results were shared with senior management and individual Bureaus. Results of the survey informed UNDP’s approach to the inclusion of PwD and the choice of offices to participate in the development of the new talent programme for PwD. Some data validation activities and further research will be conducted in 2018, subject to the availability of resources.
13.3. Design and operationalize a centrally managed funding mechanism to fund reasonable accommodation costs by UNDP offices
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Financial Resources Management, Office of Human Resources 2018/03 Initiated The design and operationalization of a funding mechanism is expected to be finalized in early 2018.
14. Recommendation:

The UNDP diversity and inclusiveness strategy should be revised to make clear that the organization will adequately support staff with disabilities in all phases of the full employment continuum, including recruitment, retention and retirement, and through sufficient financial resources for workplace accommodation. In addition, policies and grievance procedures should make clear the recourse persons have where their needs for accommodation are not met.  To expand understanding of the rights of persons with disabilities across the organization, UNDP should update, relaunch and make mandatory the e-learning module on disabilities and promote it among all staff at all levels.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation. Provisions regarding inclusion of people with disabilities are already included in the UNDP Diversity and Inclusiveness Strategy, but will be revised and detailed as required. UNDP has a well-established process for management of grievances; provisions related to the lack of/non-provision of reasonable accommodation will be detailed, as needed. The online learning course, 'Persons with Disability, Ability, Capability, Employability', which provides information and important insights on various issues related to including and working with people with disabilities, will be updated and rolled out, as required.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
14.1. Revise the UNDP Diversity and Inclusiveness Strategy with a view to strengthen provisions related to inclusion of people with disabilities in UNDP.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2018/06 Initiated UNDP management discussed and approved a longer-term approach and an immediate plan to advance the inclusion of PwD in UNDP. The revision of the respective part of the UNDP Diversity and Inclusiveness Strategy will be completed in early 2018.
14.2. Develop and provide detailed guidance to offices with regard to reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and their needs, including various support options and a mechanism to resolve situations when accommodation is not provided/refused.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources, Office of Financial Resources Management (funding), Central Procurement Unit (long-term agreement for assistive technology), Office of Information Management & Technology 2018/12 Initiated The first draft guidance note on reasonable accommodation was prepared in the context of the new talent programme for PwD and will be piloted as part of the programme in 2018. UNDP-wide guidance is expected to be completed in 2018 (subject to availability of resources).
14.3. Update the online learning course 'Persons with Disability, Ability, Capability, Employability' and roll out an updated version across UNDP. Consider making the course mandatory for some roles.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2018/12 Initiated The work on the update of the course was postponed to 2018 and will be done in collaboration with the UN Secretariat. In the meantime, work is on-going on the development of less costly learning materials and events.
15. Recommendation:

UNDP should implement a recruitment initiative to bring persons with disabilities into the organization, including through targeted advertisements on disability networks. In vacancy announcements, it should specifically encourage persons with disabilities to apply, and adopt affirmative action-like policies that give preference to persons with disabilities who are as equally qualified as other applicants. UNDP should also consider establishing a paid internship programme for qualified persons with disabilities, which could provide a potential pathway to full-time employment.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP largely agrees with the recommendation. Over time, as UNDP progresses with efforts to become more accessible for people with disabilities, in terms of both physical accommodations and culture-wise, UNDP will be more purposeful in attracting people with disabilities into UNDP jobs. As the first step, UNDP will expand existing internship programmes for people with disabilities and launch other talent acquisition initiatives. While UNDP may not be in the position to provide paid internships, the organization will ensure (and cover the costs of) all reasonable accommodations. UNDP will also strengthen messaging regarding employment of people with disabilities in the UNDP employment website, e-recruit, forms, templates, etc. to support the attraction/employment of people with disabilities in UNDP. Feasibility of the proposed affirmative action is to be assessed, given the existing 'order of retention' policy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
15.1. Review lessons learned from existing internship programmes in country offices and issue corporate guidance in internships for persons with disabilities, with a focus on reasonable accommodation.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2017/09 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Following additional analysis (based on several new internships of persons with disabilities in 2017), UNDP concluded that the current internship policy is sufficient to cover all needs related to the engagement of interns with disabilities. See point 14.2 for comments on guidance on reasonable accommodation. ]
15.2. Conduct a 'disability audit' of key human resources functions including recruitment, policies, procedures, tools, forms and templates to ensure that they are 'disability-friendly' and foster employment and retention of persons with disabilities in UNDP. Explicitly stress in vacancy announcements as well as on the UNDP employment website that UNDP encourages candidates with disabilities to apply.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2017/12 Completed A review of HR polices has been completed by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) that UNDP has partnered with to advance the PwD inclusion. Recommendations are being reviewed for future action. The UNDP job site and a vacancy announcement template were revised, as recommended.
15.3. Finalize arrangements with the United Nations Volunteers programme to use volunteerism as a mechanism for employment of people with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2017/09 Completed The pilot UNDP/UNV talent programme for PwD is confirmed to use volunteerism as a mechanism for employment of PwD.
15.4. Finalize and launch a new talent acquisition programme for young leaders with disabilities.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Human Resources 2018/12 Initiated The design of the pilot programme is completed and resource mobilization efforts are underway to enable implementation.
16. Recommendation:

An accessibility audit of UNDP premises and work environments should be carried out to identify existing barriers to inclusion and practical steps that can be taken to eliminate them. This should include a review of information technology security arrangements to ensure their compatibility with relevant accessibility standards. UNDP should set a date by which all of its premises are to accessible, regardless of local building codes.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/16] [Last Updated: 2017/01/30]

UNDP will employ a systematic approach in assessing and defining standards on accessibility of premises and work environments in order to determine the feasibility of implementation. Based on this feasibility study, a date will be set in line with this recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
16.1. Conduct assessment of accessibility of premises and work environment
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
Office of Operations, Legal & Technology Services /General Operating Unit 2018/12 Initiated The internal self-reporting survey included a review of the accessibility of premises and other aspects of the working environment, and provided a high level overview of the current status. Some validation will take place in 2018. A more formal accessibility assessment could be conducted subject to availability of funding
16.2. Review information technology security arrangements.
[Added: 2017/01/30] [Last Updated: 2017/12/29]
Office of Operations, Legal & Technology Services/ Office of Information Management & Technology 2017/09 Completed

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