Europe and Central Asia


Integrated Policy

Transforming Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Georgia

The programme brief description

This Joint Programme aims to address one of the largest gaps in Georgia’s social protection system in order to transform the situation of persons with disabilities in the country. The overall strategy of the project is to address one of the key factors leading to social exclusion of people with disabilities in the society. The societal and institutional medical approach to people with disabilities considers disability as individual deficiency. The introduction of this social model of disability will be supported by data, legal and institutional frameworks. The Joint Programme will promote the development of major driving pillars of change, such as policy, capacity and accessibility specifically focusing on providing rights-based and gender-responsive services to address gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights for women as well as children and young persons with disabilities. The Programme aims to strengthen systems in order to enable quality integrated services for people with disabilities, including revised social system entitlements, especially for children, women and young people.


The 6 involved UN agencies will cooperate intensively with people with disabilities and civil society organizations led by people with disabilities, as well as with a range of national and local institutions (including different line ministries at national level and municipal authorities at local level) and private-sector employers. Two years and the available funding will be sufficient to initiate a transformation and establish the mechanisms for sustained change from the medical to the social model of disability and to achieve tangible results in the country.

Target groups

Women, children, and young people with disabilities.

Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,200,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:

Public Defender’s Office; Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Labor, Health and Social Affairs; National Center for Disease Control and Public Health; Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development; National Statistics Office of Georgia; Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence; Human Rights Secretariat, Government’s Administration; Akhaltsikhe Municipality; Shuakhevi Municipality

January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022 (30 months)

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