Capacity Building and Sustainable Development Project (SDev):
This is a four-year (2014-2017) tripartite involving three organisations of people with physical disability in Uganda namely UNAPD (the lead), Spinal Injury Association Uganda (SIA), and Brain Injury Support Organisation (BISOU). The project is supported by three organisations of people with disability from Denmark including Dansk Handicap Forbund (DHF-the lead), Danish Brain Injury Support Organisation (DBIA), and Disabled Sports Organisation Denmark (DSOD).
The goal of the projects is to make people with disability in Uganda attain independent lives and building the capacity of their organisations to become respected, united and legitimate voices in advocating for the rights and interests of PWDs.
SDev is “phase two” of the former three-year Membership Empowerment Project but will reach out to four more districts in addition to the 12 for MEP. The four new districts are Kabale, Lira, Mbale and Mukono. Others are Kiboga, Kayunga, Mubende, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Kisoro, Oyam, Arua, Kitgum, Busia, Palissa and Kaberamaido.
The project has three components for UNAPD: Advocacy for accessibility, promotion of disability sports and economic empowerment. Sports will be implemented in four projects: Mubende, Kampala, Busia and Nebbi.
Accessible and Inclusive Education Project (AIEP):
AIEP is a continuation of the former two-year Accessible and Inclusive Education Project, and will be implemented in four districts: Masaka, Ssembabule, Bugiri and Kapchorwa.
Its goal is to make persons with physical disability enjoy equal rights in all aspects of life and are mainstreamed in the national and local level development programs.
The sustainable impact of this project will be focused on enacting, adoption and implementation of the proposed Ministry of Education Special Needs and Inclusive Education Policy, the development of implementation guidelines and regulations for the Building Control Act which will mandate incorporation of accessibility indicators or provisions during the construction of schools.
Other policy related changes will include: increase in numbers of CWDs benefiting from education, awareness creation on disability, human rights and inclusive education, changed attitude and perception of CWDs in education, enhanced learning among CWDs, attitude or behaviour changes among families of CWDs, services providers and community at large.
Others are inclusion of families of CWDs in government poverty alleviation programs, ability of UNAPD board, members and staff to undertake advocacy for accessible and inclusive education at all levels, teachers’ attitudes towards CWDs and their ability to support them will be enhanced.
Accessibility Improvement Project (AIP) in Kampala:
The third project, AIP, is sponsored by DRF and seeks to improve physical accessibility to private and public buildings in Kampala so that persons with physical disabilities can enjoy their inherent rights without any barriers. Advocacy and lobbying activities will be conducted to ensure Accessibility Standards are made part of the regulations and implementation codes of the Building Control Act.
The project will also disseminate the Building Control Act as well the Accessibility Standards to stakeholders at national and district levels so that they are used during construction. In order to put enormous pressure to the government and stakeholders in the construction industry, the project will partner with the existing National Accessibility Audit Team (NAAT) to vigorously monitor any on-going constructions, audit, and advise or even take legal action against defiant property developers to ensure that the buildings are in line with the existing laws on accessibility.