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Monitoring the status of rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya and Tanzania


Introduction

Mapping the status of rights of persons with disabilities is one of the key activities under the project titled 'From Rights to Inclusion in Kenya and Tanzania' funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), US state Department. In Kenya and Tanzania, Disabled Persons Organizations at the grass root level lack skills and tools to monitor, document and report on the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Peoples with Disabilities. At the national level, the capacity is lacking to support good data collection and analysis and related evidenced based advocacy or planning. The ultimate aim of the rights monitoring activity is to support people with disabilities and their families to engage in equal social participation, and to enable them to access services relevant to their needs. This rights monitoring activity will inform evidence based advocacy efforts, support the development of inclusive policies and will result in the improvement of service provision.


Methodology

This report captures data collection aiming to on map the status of rights of persons with disabilities in select regions in Tanzania and Kenya. In a nutshell it highlights some of the issues pertaining to the access and utilization of education, health, employment, protection and safety across the country. The period of data collection occurred from April to June 2014 in 13 regions of Tanzania and 15 counties in Kenya. Individuals responsible for data collection were first trained in interviewing skills and on how to administer the questionnaire. Every person with a disability was eligible to be interviewed during data collection. Data was collected through the use of Survey Monkey. Data was collected via a questionnaire. The information was then uploaded into Survey Monkey, an online data collection and analysis system. Trained PWD collected data under supervision of SHIVYAWATA and Handicap International staff. Each questionnaire was administered to only one respondent and a total of 202 respondents were interviewed in Tanzania and 237 respondents in Kenya.


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