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Promoting Mainstream Policies and Services for People with Disabilities in Ukraine (2nd Phase)
Commissioning Unit: Ukraine
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 03/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ukraine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendations

The universal design principles should be implemented across all UNDP projects and activities since they directly correlate with SDG achievement and UNDP strategic goals. As a result of the Evaluation, the following recommendations were proposed: 

Introduction of disaggregated data collection methods related to people with disabilities and people with limited mobility, both at the national and local levels. Given that it is impossible to assess in some instances whether the Project fully met the specific needs of women and men with disabilities, due to the lack of sex-disaggregated data, it is essential to ensure that the PwDcentered gender-sensitive approach is in place. In this regard, proper advocacy activities should be planned for future actions.  

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/15] [Last Updated: 2020/12/14]

Recommendation is partially accepted. Currently UNDP does not have a project that targets strengthening the capacities of State Statistical Services or Ministry of Social Policy. Given the scope of the evaluated projects, as well as its budget and implementaiton timeline, the project did not have a capacity to address systematic issues with data collection on people with disabilities and other types of vulnerabilities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To consider recommendation as a part of future interventions, related to social protection and/or strengthening Statistical Services of Ukraine
[Added: 2019/05/06]
BD&I unit, DG portfolio 2023/12 Not Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Collect and present the UD principles and the best cases of their application. Cases focusing on the promotion of the UD principles and their application should, when possible, be of a Ukrainian origin and presented by local opinion leaders and people with disabilities. Story-telling might be a good choice, attracting the attention of the local media outlets and promote UD concept at the local level   

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/15] [Last Updated: 2020/12/14]

Recommendation is accepted. Even though the evaluated project is closed, UNDP will continue to integrate tand mainstream he needs of people with disabilities into other interventions, where applicable. Particularly, to continue to increase the awareness of Ukrainian women and men on the issue, UNDP will deploy Tolerance Envoys (including the regional network) to dissiminate best practice cases with the relevant stakeholders at the national, local and regional levels). 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To promote UD principles through UNDP Tolerance Campaign.
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2021/02/12]
Communications unit 2020/12 Completed UNDP has partnered with Ukrainian key opinion leaders and influencers (UNDP Tolerance Envoys) to promote human rights under its RespectUA communication campaign (implemented from September 2017 until December 2020). In 2018, UNDP partnered with the famous social activist, athlete, blogger, and co-founder of the "Dostupno.UA" initiative Dmytro Shchebetyuk to promote UD (Universal Design) principles and the right of persons with disabilities in Ukraine. Shchebetyuk, together with other UNDP Tolerance Envoys, participated in various events to promote UD principles, in particular in the leisure and restaurant sectors, e.g. the No Waste Race by “Gonka.UA” in Vyshhorod, Kyiv Oblast, UNDP’s nationwide Weekend of Unlimited Opportunities (the goal of the initiative was to draw attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, which are violated every day due to the inaccessibility of services and infrastructure facilities, and to raise people’s awareness of the urgency of this issue) and the Inclusion Forum by Dostupno.UA, supported by UNDP Ukraine. The audience reached during the mentioned events is up to 3,000 people. UNDP tolerance envoys – the Ukrainian writer Lyubko Deresh and the Ukrainian musician and eco-activist Pavlo Vyshebaba – released a music video called “I am part of the world”, which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities (the video had at least 7,500 views). UNDP Tolerance Envoy Dmytro Shchebetyuk has 15k subscribers, Lyubko Deresh has 14k subscribers, and Pavlo Vyshebaba has 8k subscribers. History
3. Recommendation:

Greater involvement and capacity building of people with disabilities.  Involvement and capacity building of people with disabilities to act as agents of change should ultimately lead to their empowerment and amplification of their voices. In its turn, this would allow to strengthen the advocacy efforts for better access to services and a higher number of universally designed infrastructure.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/15] [Last Updated: 2020/12/14]

Recommendation is partially accepted. UNDP will work with civil society organizations, that address the needs of people with disabilities to include women and men with disabilities in human rights related capacity building activities at regional and local levels. UNDP will consult with such associations to identify the best way to meet the priority needs of people with disabilities to empower and give the voice to this vulnerable group of population.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To support CSOs of PwD in analyzing current situation and to propose actions on capacity building of people with disabilities to act as agents of change.
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
'Civil Society for enhanced democracy and human rights in Ukraine' project team 2020/07 Completed CSDR project team supports CSOs that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2017 UNDP supported development of the web-checker – a platform that comprehensively analyzes e-democracy platforms and services for their adaptation for PwD. The project completed in 2018. Youth project “Wings online” encourages young people with disabilities to participate in performing arts. The project is ongoing by the end of August 2020. In 2019 UNDP also facilitated the joint submission of list of issues prior to reporting to the CRPD Committee by All-Ukrainian coalition of people with disabilities, which is comprised of more than 100 CSOs. To ensure the capacity building of PwD to act as agents of change UNDP is preparing to support a new project in Chernivtsi oblast on “Inclusive workplaces”. The project aims to create good working conditions for PwD by reducing barriers of employment of PwD. The project duration: August 5, 2020 – February 5, 2021. History
4. Recommendation:

Intensification of cooperation with the relevant ministries. Closer cooperation with the relevant ministries will contribute to a broader distribution of lessons learned and will help to better understand the changing political environment, ensuring flexibility of activities. However, low interest in the UD principles on the side of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine may impede its roll-out across the country. To this end, the universal design principles should be implemented, as a part of the current decentralisation reform, building on the present reform impetus. For instance, this may include the support of the Ministry of Social Policy efforts to establish integrated social services at the community level. The awareness-raising activities and the capacity building of local level decision-makers are required to ensure proper implementation of the universal design principles at the community level including planning, budgeting and implementation.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/04/15] [Last Updated: 2020/12/14]

Recommendation is partially accepted, as UNDP does not have ongoing interventions, related to universal design principles. Should UNDP Ukraine engage with the Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Social Policy to promote universal design principles and accessbility, the recommendation would be integrated in the project design from the onset and the committment from the central government would be the prerequisite for any technical assistance to the abovementioned ministries. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To integrate this recommendation in future interventions, related to social protection of people with disabilities.
[Added: 2019/05/06]
BD&I unit, Democratic Governance and SDG portfolios 2023/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Development of a comprehensive roadmap to ensure implementation of the Universal Design principles at all levels (both national and local) and across many sectors (labour and social policy, health, architecture and so on).  For instance, to ensure that job coaching services are in place, combined efforts of many stakeholders (e.g. employment centres, rehabilitation centres, local service providers, employment services, and employers) should be utilised in the development of such a roadmap;

Management Response: [Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2020/12/14]

Recommendation is partially accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To provide recommendations to OO on implementation of social and economic rights of PwD
[Added: 2019/05/06] [Last Updated: 2020/08/07]
"Human Rights for Ukraine'' project team 2019/12 Completed The relevant support to Ombudsperson’s Office was provided. As a result: - OO submitted its Alternative Report on Ukraine's Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in February 2020) - the methodology for monitoring of social and economic rights at the local level was developed and included tools for monitoring of the social and economic rights of PwD. The piloting of the OO monitoring is scheduled in September 2020. History

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