The project’s intended impact is that persons with disabilities and organizations for persons with disabilities (OPDs), including underrepresented persons with disabilities (PWDs), OPDs from remote areas, women, children and those with multiple and/or invisible disabilities, are aware of their rights and protection on equality and non-discrimination according to laws, policies, and plans, have attained inclusive economic empowerment, and are capacitated to meaningfully contribute at the policy level.
This BCO project is funded by United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) which was part of 4th funding call for proposal of UNPRPD. The goal of the project is to accelerate implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and disability inclusive SDGs following a multi-partner approach that includes the government andOrganizations of Person with Disabilities (OPDs), the UN, CSOs and others. It aims to strengthen building blocks, namely equality and non-discrimination, with a specific focus on discrimination against women and girls with disabilities and ensuring accountability, governance, and participation. Capitalizing from existing partnerships with the government and CSOs, the project will ensure evidence-driven programming and advocacy to foster meaningful participation among the OPDs, especially women’s rights organizations, and stronger compliance with the UNCRPD.
The project will work closely with key duty bearers and rights holders at national and local level to improve their capacity in coordination, data system management, CRPD reporting, advocacy for disability inclusive legislation and policy reform, and promoting disability inclusive skills training and employment. The project emphasizes meaningful participation of OPDs in all aspects, with particular focus on prioritizing and advocating on key areas in policy reform and CRPD implementation. Evidence based knowledge materials informed by research will be developed engaging OPDs to assist them in advocacy work with key relevant ministries. The project also envisions systematic improvement in collection and analysis of gender and disability desegregated data contributing to disability inclusive policy development, implementation, and monitoring.
- The budget range for this proposal should be between USD 75,000 and USD 90,000.
Outcomes & Outputs
- Outcome 1: National Stakeholders have the knowledge and practical tools to effectively contribute the development and implementation of disability inclusive policies, systems for the implementation of CRPD and SDG.
- Output 1.1.
- Capacity of Government coordinating bodies, line ministries and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) is strengthened to improve effective coordination mechanisms to amend and implement disability inclusive policies, laws, data system, and CRPD reporting processes.
- Capacity of disability movement, including women with disabilities and underrepresented groups is improved to effectively and meaningfully engage in development, and implementation, of disability inclusive data system, law reform advocacy, improved coordination, inclusive skill development and monitoring of CRPD reporting.
- Output 1.2. Evidence based knowledge materials developed informed by research on drivers and consequences of stigma faced by persons with disabilities, especially women and underrepresented groups to better advocate for disability inclusive policies, laws, and programmes.
- Output 1.1.
- Outcome 2. Gaps in achievement of essential building blocks or preconditions to CPRD implementation in development and humanitarian programs are addressed.
- Output 2.1.
- Improved guideline and module for disability inclusive national data system established to ensure disability inclusion in surveys by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
- Disability inclusive law, including Rights and Protection of Person with Disabilities Act’2013, reform supported to reduce discrimination.
- Output 2.2. Coordination among Local and national level government systems and OPDs, enhanced to implement disability laws, plans, policies and CRPD reporting.
- Output 2.1.
UNPRPD project result areas are outlined in UN Women BCO Strategic Note (SN) for 2022-2026. In order to contribute to the SN outcome and output level the Responsible party will be responsible to contribute to the following results.
- Outcome 1: Government institutions have strengthened capacities to mainstream Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) into public policies, laws, plans, financing strategies, institutional frameworks, and data collection processes, in line with global GE standards, including for VAW prevention and reduction.
- Output 1: Strengthen the capacity of Government coordinating bodies, line ministries, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics to improve effective coordination mechanisms and implementation of disability inclusive policies, laws, data system, and CRPD reporting processes.
- Activity (s):
- Organize workshops to validatethe findings sharing from the functional analysis which will be conducted by UNICEF, with selected district and subdistrict committees at district level.
- Organize consultations with district and subdistrict level committees to implement the recommendations on effective coordination from the functional analysis.
- Organize validation workshops with government line departments, local level committees on the rights and protection of the persons with disabilities, OPD networks, CSOs onthe guideline developed on CRPD reporting at national and local level.
- Conductcapacity building trainings for the project district and subdistrict (Upazila) committees on CRPD reporting.
- Conduct capacity building workshops on the implementation of disability-inclusive legislation and governance for the MoWCA, MoSW, and relevant line ministries.
- Outcome 2: Civil society, especially Women Led Organizations and youth networks, have strengthened capacities, budgets and access to platforms that facilitate their engagement with government actors and enable them to influence policies promoting GEWE and eliminating VAW.
- Output2: Support disability movement, including women with disabilities and underrepresented groups for effective and meaningful engagement in development, and implementation, of disability inclusive data system, law reform advocacy, improved coordination, inclusive skill development and monitoring of CRPD reporting.
- Activity (s):
- Organize consultation with OPDs for the capacity gap assessment focusing on women and underrepresented groups for meaningful engagement with relevant key government ministries and service providers.
- Organize the validation workshop on the findings of capacity assessment with OPDs, relevant government ministries, service providers and UN agencies.
- Disseminate the knowledge product from the Capacity assessment with relevant stakeholders.
- Organize the consultation with OPDs at national and sub-district level during the gender responsive analysis of existing legislation and gaps in implementation of the National Disability Act 2013, National Action Plan 2019 and CRPD implementation.
- Arrange Training of Trainers (ToT) for RP staff and OPD representatives on the training module adapted based on the findings of capacity gap assessmentt focusing on inclusive social protection, access to justice and economic empowerment.
- Conduct capacity training for the OPDs, women and underrepresented groups, selected right based CSOs, on inclusive social protection, access to justice and economic empowerment at the district level.
- Organize consultation workshop with OPD to develop advocacy strategy for discriminatory low reform and follow up of advocacy implementation plan.
- Organize capacity building trainings of OPDs on disability and gender disaggregated data collection at national and district level according to protocol guideline developed by UN Women and other partner UN agencies.
- Organize OPD consultations to prioritise key areas for policy reform among relevant key government ministries.
- Organize capacity development training of OPDs for discriminatory law reform advocacy with government stakeholders.
- Outcome 3: The government, public and private Institutions and CSOs have strengthened capacities to adapt and/or implement evidence-driven strategies and to promote knowledge generation, coordination, advocacy, and partnerships to advance social norms that prevent VAW.
- Output 3: Strengthen evidence-based knowledge generation informed by research on drivers and consequences of stigma faced by persons with disabilities, especially women and underrepresented groups to better advocate for disability inclusive policies, laws, and programmes.
- Organize consultation for qualitative assessment with subdistrict and district level government administration, OPDs and CSOs to support research to identify the root causes of discrimination, stigma and violence faced by WGWDs and the underrepresented PWDs in Bangladesh.
- Organize validation and key findings sharing and dissemination workshop with MoSA, MoWCA and line departments and OPDs, CSOs Women rights organizations on the root causes of discrimination, stigma and violence faced by WGWDs and the underrepresented PWDs in Bangladesh.
- UN Women is soliciting proposals from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Women’s organizations or entities are highly encouraged to apply.
- The lead organization, with strong networking with national and global disability platform, should have in operation for at least 10 years, with 5 years relevant experience in working with PWD,with particular experienceinadvocacy and capacity development on gender responsive disability inclusion.
- Demonstrated experiences in managing and monitoring result-oriented programmesensuring quality reportingandstrong coordination with multiple partners.
- The organization should have appropriate policies and procedures in place to run essential functions of an organization, governance structure, financial management, accounting system, internal financial control.
- The organization should have experience in working with local administration and local level committees under different government line departments that coordinate disability inclusion.
- Other competencies, which while not required, can be an asset for the performance of services
- Previous work experience with UN Agencies, governments, and other national and international institutions with solid experience on policy advocacy around rights of PWD is considered an asset; and Preference will be given to OPDs and women- led organizations.
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