Govt reportedly making strides in building capacity of persons with disability


Zambia has reportedly made positive strides by incorporating persons with disabilities in various levels of national development.

Community Development and Social Services Minister, Doreen Mwamba, noted the improved disability inclusion through capacity building for persons with disabilities across the country in the areas of national planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.

The Minister affirmed Zambia’s commitment to promote active and full participation of persons with disabilities in national development processes to strengthen advocacy for disability inclusion across government sectors.

She said this when she virtually gave her general statement at the ongoing convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in New York.

“A plan to facilitate capacity building of government in disability-compliant budgeting has been developed and planned to be rolled out in July 2024, to ensure that more resources are committed to enhancing disability inclusion,” Mwamba said.

She disclosed that implementation of shock-responsive social protection initiatives to benefit persons with disabilities had been enhanced as they were the most affected in times of emergencies and disasters.

“Government has since enhanced their inclusion in social support services through a nationwide enumeration and rapid response assessment conducted following the declaration of a national disaster.

“The state party has also transformed the appointment of focal point persons in government ministries and institutions into focal point teams. This transformation aims to enhance collaboration and innovation for better outcomes in disability mainstreaming within institutions,” Mwamba.

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