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Office of People with Disabilities
Preface

Disability as a crosscutting issue, therefore it is important to mainstreaming disability issues as an integral part of relevant strategies for sustainable development. The crucial need for social inclusion of People with disabilities in all aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life cannot be overemphasized. To this end, all national programmes and strategies in public and private sectors shall, where appropriate, demonstrate disability-sensitive programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation so as to eliminate all forms of inequality and discrimination.

Discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person and can only be eliminated in an inclusive society. The inspiring theme of inclusion has been expressed often enough in the familiar phrase: “Nothing about us without us” This theme continues to inspire persons with disabilities worldwide as they aspire to live meaningful lives.  It conveys a strong message that persons with disabilities are endowed with rights and human dignity and that they are able to effectively participate in the socio-economic development of their countries on an equal basis with others. Yet People with Disabilities continue to face barriers in their participation as equal members of society. The need to eliminate these barriers shapes the disability agenda in Botswana.

The Disability agenda in Botswana has benefited from the interaction with the International context with special reference to the work of the United Nations which culminated in the adoption and entry in force of the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recent initiatives of the African Union for the extension of the Plan of Action of the African Decade for People with Disabilities. This review process has also been guided by the principles and policy guidelines contained in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and in the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities. It is in appreciation of these principles that the Government of Botswana undertakes to promote, formulate and evaluate policies, plans, programmes and actions at the national and community levels to equalize opportunities for persons with disabilities.

People with Disabilities have successfully advocated for departure from the charity and medical models of disability. The medical model views disability as a disease, focusing exclusively on medical services to the individual, promoting and perpetuating exclusion from the mainstream of society. It ignores the social context of disability and the fact that it is society which creates the disabling environmental and attitudinal barriers which stand in the way of social inclusion. The global perspective has now shifted to the “social model” of disability, which focuses on the different ways in which the disabling physical, psychosocial and cultural barriers exclude PWDs and takes a more holistic approach to interventions that effectively address their special needs. This paradigm shift has influenced this policy review process that now sees the housing of this Policy move from the Ministry of Health to the Office of the President.

Other significant developments include broadened understanding of the “human rights approach” as a paradigm for understanding disability issues, such as health, the role of gender, social development, multiple marginalized status (such as race, gender, and disability). The dependency created by the charity and/or welfare model dis-empowers persons with disabilities, isolates and marginalizes them from the mainstream society. On the other hand, a human rights and development approach to disability enhances the prospects of equal opportunities. The principles of equal rights implies that the needs of each and every individual are of equal importance, and that planning and policy making should be based on those needs.

The rights and respect for the dignity of persons with disabilities shall never triumph over prejudice and differential treatment in the absence of a firm commitment on the part of the Government and without the support and participation of the Civil Society and Disabled Peoples’ Organizations (DPOs). The vision to create a society that is fully inclusive and which provides equal opportunities and access to services to People with Disabilities depends upon the extent to which the Government, and the society at large, overcomes the attitudinal, historical, cultural, social, economic and political barriers that stand in the way of this collective vision.

 

Mission, Visiobn and Values

MISSION

The Coordinating Office for People with Disabilities (CPWD) exists to develop and coordinate the implementation of policies, strategies and programs through mainstreaming them into development agenda to empower people with disabilities. 

VISION

Barrier-Free Environment for Independent and Empowered PWDs

VALUES

•      Accessibility

•      Equality

•      Equity

•      Freedom

•      Inclusion

DUTIES OF THE COORDINATING OFFICE

 

•      To coordinate the development of national policies, strategies and programmes aimed at the empowerment and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

•      To coordinate the implementation of national policies, strategies and programmes aimed at the empowerment and wellbeing people with disabilities.

•      To monitor and evaluate national policies, strategies and programmes aimed at the empowerment and wellbeing people with disabilities.

•      To ensure that disability issues are mainstreamed into all sector policies and programmes.

•      To ensure active involvement and participation of people with disabilities in policy processes, i.e. Formulation, implementation, review, monitoring and evaluation.

•      To ensure effectiveness of national structures dealing with disability issues.

•      To mobilise resources for the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at addressing disability issues.

SERVICES RENDERED

Every sector within government, private sector and non-governmental are expected to render services to PWDs on equal bases; this is mainly because disability is a cross cutting issue. The Coordinating Office for People with Disability therefore coordinates these sectors in the implementation of disability programs.

The Office of the president has been playing a major role in overseeing the Sir Seretse Khama Memorial Fund (SSKMF). This fund was established by statutory instrument in 1981.  Its mandate is to assist People with Disabilities with various assistive devices. These assistive devices could be walking frames, wheelchairs, hearing aids, walking sticks etc. The Mandate of the Ministry of Health however, is to provide secretarial responsibilities to the Board of SSKMF; this includes identification of beneficiaries, their assessment, referral of their application for adjudication for approval to the Board.

How to get help from Sir Seretse Khama Memorial fund:

v  Apply to:

Disability Coordinating Office            

Office of the President

Private Bag 001  

Gaborone

v  You will be assessed by the relevant officers in order to identify the appropriate device suitable for your condition

v  Your plea will be discussed by the Seretse Khama Memorial fund Board

v  You will get your device after approval from the board.

Approval from the Board depends on a number of things including among others:

*      Affordability

*      Availability

*      Durability

When the device you want is not affordable to the board, another device suitable can be bought for you.

Below are the expected services rendered to PWDs by the service providers:

MINISTERIAL MAINSTREMING TARGETS

OBJECTIVE 1: All Ministries Departments employ at least 5 (five) PWDs across various professions and skills per year on incremental basis by March 2016

 

OUTCOME RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

Improved quality of life

OUTPUT RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

5 PWDs ministry department employed.

MAIN ACTIVITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conduct recruitment process

SUB-ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ø  Conduct internal consultation

Ø  Train HR personnel on reasonable Accommodation

Ø  Create data base for PWDs

Ø  Conduct employment audit/ needs assessment

Ø  Develop a monitoring tool

Ø  Submit quarterly report

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

YR 1

YR 2

YR 3

YR 4

YR 5

BUDGET

OBJECTIVE: To mainstream disability issues into and with resource allocations (budget, manpower, assistive devices, technical equipments, time etc) in all Ministries

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

YR 1

YR 2

YR 3

YR 4

YR 5

Improved quality of life

 

Budget inclusive disability issues

 

Manpower estimates

 

Reasonable Accommodation measures in place

 

 

To identify priority areas

 

Prepare the budget

 

Compile and Upload all available opportunities for PWDs in the govt e-portal

 

Conduct Public Awareness on Disability issues

 

  • Conduct consultation on priority areas

 

  • Conduct a comparative  budget analysis

 

  • Develop data base of all unemployed PWDs in all Districts

 

 

  • Develop a monitoring tool
  • Submit quarterly Report

 

 

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PS,

Focal Persons

UN PARTNERS,

 

MINISTRIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE DELIVERY

OBJECTIVE: To improve access to information essential services by PWDs by 2016

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

YR 1

YR 2

YR 3

YR 4

YR 5

Improved quality of life

 

·         Number of PWDs living independent lives

 

·         Manpower estimates

 

·         Reasonable Accommodation measures in place

 

·         Universal access by  all citizens

 

·         To identify priority areas

 

·         Prepare the budget

 

·         Conduct consultation on priority areas

 

·         Conduct a comparative  budget analysis

 

 

·         Develop a monitoring tool

·         Submit quarterly Report

 

 

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PS,

Focal Persons

UN PARTNERS,

 

MINISTRIES

CAPACITY BUILDING

OBJECTIVE

1: To ensure that PWDs have skills and competencies aligned to the needs of the economy

 2: To build capacity of entrepreneurs with disability

 3: To ensure effective participation of PWDs in policy formulation and Strategy  Development

 4: To foster strategic partnerships through capacity building of DPOs and other stakeholders.

OBJECTIVE 1: To ensure that PWDs have skills and competencies aligned to the needs of the economy

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

YR

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Improved quality of life

Skilled and competent PWD’s

 

Active participants in the National development agenda

 

Increased opportunities for PWD’s.

Identify priority issues.

 

Provide training

 

Advocacy and placement

Develop a national data bank on PWD’s

 

Enrolment into educational, vocational training

Institutions and out-of-school programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOESD

UB

DOSET

MYSC

MLHA

DPSM

OP

CSO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 2: To build capacity of entrepreneurs with disability

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

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Economic empowered PWD’s

Competent entrepreneurs

 

Active participation in economic development

 

Increased opportunities for PWD’s( expos,fairs,pitso,partnerships)

 

 

Conduct a needs assessment

 

Provide psychosocial support

 

Training and mentoring

 

 

Compile a data bank

 

 

Provide pastoral services

 

 

Conduct entrepreneurial pitso, expo, fairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MTI

MYSC

MOA

MWET

MLHA

LEA CEDA

BOCCIM

Private sect

Or

Parastatals

Dev Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 3: To ensure effective participation of PWDs in policy formulation and strategy   

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

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Equal opportunities for PWD’s to participate in the national development agenda.

Policies which address the needs of PWD’s.

 

 

Empowered PWDs

 

Review existing legislative framework

 

Empower PWDs on issues of advocacy

Set up a Technical Working Group

 

 

Hold training workshops as well as Benchmarking

 

 

Conduct consultations

 

Compile and consolidate feedback

 

Develop policy document

 

Hold awareness and dissemination workshops

 

Benchmarking

 

 

 

 

 

 

OP

All Ministries

 

Independent depts..

 

Dev. Partners

 

Private Institutions

 

Parastatals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 4: To foster collaborations and strategic partnerships with DPOs and other stakeholders

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

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Improved quality of life

Transparency

 

Socio Economic Empowerment

 

Teambuilding

 

Cooperate Social responsibility

and Mutual understanding

 

Consultations

 

 

Establish  partnerships periodic

Hold periodic consultative forums

 

Sign memorandum of understanding

 

Consolidate resolutions and recommendations

Resource mobilization

 

Capacity building of DPOs(governance

Resource mobilization,

monitoring and evaluation)

 

Develop and Implement Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OP

DPO’s

PWD’s

All Ministries

Independent Depts

Local Authorities

Private sect

Parastatals

Dev Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL MINISTRY DEPARTMENTS

To improve access to infrastructure for PWDs by 2016

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

Hold periodic consultative forums

 

Sign memorandum of understanding

 

Consolidate resolutions and recommendations

Resource mobilization

 

Capacity building of DPOs(governance

Resource mobilization,

monitoring and evaluation)

 

Develop and Implement Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

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Provide reasonable accommodation measures(an enabling  PWDS environment for PWDs i.e signage, adaptive technology

 

 

 

Enforce implementation of development covenant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review building regulations to cater for PWDs

 

Review roads regulations to cater for PWDs

 

Conduct physical facilities audit

 

Provide reasonable accommodation measures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIST

MTC

 

ALL SECTORS

To provide universal access to Justice for PWDs by 2016

OUTCOME RESULTS

OUTPUT RESULTS

MAIN ACTIVITY

SUB-ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTATION

PERIOD

 

ACTIVITY COST

LEAD ENTITY

PARTNERS

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Improved quality of life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conducive legislative environment

 

Improve legislative framework  to include PWDs

 

Develop and implement Disability Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review and Audit all legal instruments(e.g Penal Codes)

 

 

Raise public awareness

 

Empowerment of  PDWs on Human Rights

 

Develop and implement return to work program

 

Training legal practitioners on sign language and Braille, tactile communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DISABILITY DATES

National Disability Day: 24 November every year

UN International Disability Day: 03 December every year

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