The prevalence of disability in Uganda is estimated to be 13.6 per cent, which equates to about six million people. In Uganda, people with disabilities experience social exclusion, which limits access not only to social services (like education, health and social protection) but also to economic opportunities and political participation.There is limited attention given to disability mainstreaming in planning processes and budget allocation at both central and district government levels, as it is considered too costly. Structures for promoting disability inclusion, for example District Disability Councils and the National Council for Disability, are either non-functional or are underfunded.
What we’re calling for
There is a need for guidelines to support teams at the central and district government levels to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate disability issues as an integral part of the planning and budgeting process. Although most central and local government plans highlight disability in their situation analysis reports, interventions for disability are of a limited scope and budget allocation is limited to small disability grants. The lack of planning and budgeting for disability inclusion exacerbates the exclusion of persons with disability from development activities.
In the news
signed our call to the government of Uganda implement the national disability planning guidelines.