Accessibility Improvement and raising profile of PWDs in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies January 2018 – December 2018

This is a National Coalition project with support from the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF) being implemented by Uganda National Action on Physical Disability in partnership with Makerere University Department of Architecture and Physical Planning and Mukono District Action of Physical Disability.

To advocate for the implementation of the Building Control Act and related by-laws in Uganda’s Kampala and Mukono districts, to ensure an accessible environment in line with CRPD Article 9 (Accessibility).

The project objective 1: To advocate for the implementation of the Building Control Act 2013 by :-

  • advocating for accessibility standards to be part of the implementation regulations currently being drafted

  • Engage Makerere University to complete development of a curricular that will guide training of architects on these standards as part of a course on universal design;

  • Continue the dissemination of both the Building Control Act and the Nabbale bylaw;

  • Continue conducting accessibility reviews of public infrastructure such as courts, ministries, hotels, etcetera and using this assessment to refer to authorities to make relevant changes and to advocate for attention by government to these issues in development planning;

  • Engaging stakeholders in the construction sector and regulatory bodies (Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers-UIPE, Uganda Institution of Physical Planners – UIPP, Uganda National Association of Building & Civil Engineering Contractors UNABCEC, Kampala Capital City Authority –KCCA, and Uganda National Roads Authority – UNRA) to ensure that the accessibility provisions within the regulations of the Act are implemented;

  • Strengthen the media campaigns on Building Control Act 2013, the regulations, accessibility bye-law, accessibility standards, disability and accessibility rights;

  • Undertake advocacy for reform of Bududa District policies and programs on disaster to effectively integrate disability issues

  • Work with the district local government and the membership to establish climate committees/Groups in the sub-counties;

  • Work with the Bududa District office of Environment & National Forestry Authority to support and plant 10,000 trees to mitigate the effects of climate change in the community;

  • Engage local authorities to include PWDs in the work of DRR committees.