Is there an umbrella organization representing, at minimum, 50% of all those associations for persons with disabilities, that receives directly basic public funding?


In detail


36% of respondents confirmed such an organisation exists, representing over 50% of associations for people with disability and receives directly public funding, while 35% stated that such an organisation exists but wither dos not represent over 50% of the associations or receives public funding. Main issues included:

  • The inability of an organisation to meet criteria for membership and to establish themselves as an umbrella organisation
  • Lack of sustainable funding
  • The existence of several separate organisations instead of an umbrella organisation

“There is some DPO network in Bangladesh, but they are failed to establish themselves as an umbrella organization. So government has not given any funding to them. Rather government has to continue to give their support to the NGO’s network.” (Salma Mahbub, Convener, Protibonhi Nagarik Shangathaner Parishad (PNSP), Bangladesh)

“NASCOH is umbrella body to 70 disability organisations in Zimbabwe, which has slightly over 100 disability organisations but the funding it receives from the state is negligible and cannot even pay the organisation’s rentals for one month. Lately, that support has not even been forthcoming.” (Lovemore Rambiyawo, Information and Communications Officer, National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped)

“The organisation exists and represents over 50% of DPOs but does not receive public funding.” (Martin Babu Mwesigwa, Programme Manager, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), member of DPI, Uganda)

CRPD Article

Article 32- International Cooperation

1. States Parties recognize the importance of international cooperation and its promotion, in support of national efforts for the realization of the purpose and objectives of the present Convention, and will undertake appropriate and effective measures in this regard, between and among States and, as appropriate, in partnership with relevant international and regional organizations and civil society, in particular organizations of persons with disabilities. Such measures could include, inter alia:

a) Ensuring that international cooperation, including international development programmes, is inclusive of and accessible to persons with disabilities;

b) Facilitating and supporting capacity-building, including through the exchange and sharing of information, experiences, training programmes and best practices;

c) Facilitating cooperation in research and access to scientific and technical knowledge;

d) Providing, as appropriate, technical and economic assistance, including by facilitating access to and sharing of accessible and assistive technologies, and through the transfer of technologies.

2. The provisions of this article are without prejudice to the obligations of each State Party to fulfill its obligations under the present Convention.

(UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)