disability disaggregated data benefits all
In the BMZ inclusion Strategy and the National Action Plan 2.0, the BMZ and the German government have explicitly and implicitly committed to improving the data situation on people with disability and the use of these data in partner countries.
The relevance of disaggregated date on persons with disability has long been recognised by key stakeholders as a core global issue for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Data is key to identifying different challenges and solutions that can improve the lives of persons with disabilities. In the absence of such data , the development of targeted policies at local, national and International levels is severely constraint.
Building capacity and improving the use of data in line with SDG 17.18 (Data, monitoring and accountability) and the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (Article 31) offer opportunities to make interventions more effective and evidence-based and to reach more persons with disabilities. Data is a foundation for achieving the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the SDGs. Moreover, they are central to effective impact monitoring of these goals.
Better and more reliable data on the situation of persons with disabilities is a necessary precondition for effective advocacy. Accessible and reliable data is therefor central to the participation and empowerment of persons with disabilities and their organizations. (Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, OPDs)
The Washington Group questions have been incorporated in the upcoming census questionnaire for the very first time. However, the National Statistics Agency (NSA) has limited skills on how to ask questions on disability issues to respondents to ensure data is captured correctly (e.g. on the fly translation by enumerators), as well as limited knowledge on how analysis and use the data for report writing.
OPDs and disability service providers in Namibia currently have very limited ways of collecting detailed information on the needs and barriers faced by their members and other persons with disabilities. Furthermore, they often lack the necessary skills to use available data for their own work. That i.e. limits an effective membership management, outreach activities, proposal writing and advocacy work.
This project is implemented by NFPDN, NDCN and OPDs and financially supported by GIZ Namibia.