Nearly 15 per cent of the population in Viet Nam live with some form of disability – that’s an estimation of 13 million people. The vast majority – 75% - of persons with disabilities live in rural areas. They are some of the most vulnerable members of society, facing significant challenges and barriers in their daily lives.
UNDP has been working with partners to provide an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to participate meaningfully in processes that affect their rights and interests.
Viet Nam ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities in 2014. Since then, UNDP, UNICEF and ILO, in collaboration with other development partners, have supported the Government and organizations of persons with disabilities to implement the Convention and to strengthen monitoring and implementation mechanisms, including the development of monitoring indicators and preparations ahead of the country’s first review on the implementation of the Convention.
As a result, the Law on Legal Aid took effect in 2017, with Persons with Disabilities as the subject to be provided with legal aid, together with Article 2 of Decree 144/2017/ND-CP on providing legal aid and monthly difficulty allowances to people with difficulties, including Persons with Disabilities.
Many persons with disabilities still lack understanding of their entitlements and rights. To provide a practical solution, UNDP has partnered with Disabled People’s Organizations to provide a series of legal aid consultations in different regions of Viet Nam, providing more than 300 persons with disabilities with the advice they need.
In addition, discussions to advocate for the rights of the Persons with Disabilities to be further recognized in the Labour Code (amendments) are underway, with the policy discussion on the subject matter with the National Assembly delegates in 2018 being an example of the UN’s and its DPO partners’ joint efforts in this endeavor.
Among the four winning teams of the SDG Challenge 2017 - a UNDP-supported national competition for social impact startups and business innovators – two are startups by persons with disabilities'”:
UNDP in collaboration with HATCH! VENTURES organized this competition and launched the Social Impact Incubation Program to provide business consultancy to the winning teams for further development. Under the program, the teams are provided with initial working capital with total of USD 85,000, and consultancy package in business development. The program activities focus in supporting the companies to develop prototypes to test ideas and business models in the market, as well as to seize opportunities for future fundraising or grant proposals. Read more