National statistics indicate that especially the Northeastern regions of Uganda are highly affected by poverty and persons with disabilities are over-represented among the population compared to general statistics.
The project will operate in Kotido and Moroto districts in the Karamoja region which have been highly affected by conflict – the consequences are still visible in high levels of violence, poverty and the high proportion of persons living with disabilities. More than 50% of the persons in the region have only one meal or less per day, most of the children do not attend school. Statistics on the prevalence of disability in the region vary greatly, the latest numbers indicate an above-average percentage of around 11% (compared to 7.5% national average).
Women and persons with disabilities are systematically discriminated and have less power across economic, political and social spheres. They have fewer resources, less say in decision-making processes, and are more often affected by violence against women and girls, including
Physical, sexual and psychological harm. Therefore, gender and disability remain one of the most fundamental sources of inequality and exclusion in the world. Gender and disability inequality cuts across all other inequalities and spans private and public spheres. It is manifested both formally, through laws and government institutions, and informally, through community and family relations.
Therefore, the GADIP programme is aiming at supporting a Gender and Disability approach in development work. This approach is oriented towards creating gender and disability sensitive interventions addressing the intersectionality of discrimination as one of the major causes of exclusion and poverty