Policy Brief on Mapping National Disability Strategies in the Arab Region

Most Arab countries have signed and/or ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Like other international conventions, State Parties have an obligation to align their national legislation and policies with the CRPD, and to report to the CRPD Committee on the progress made periodically. National disability strategies and policies are an important tool to align national frameworks with the CRPD. They can be seen as a necessary—but not sufficient—component of CRPD compliance. They help build the policy and legal framework to pass laws, programmes, and initiatives to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. Most Arab countries have adopted some form of national disability strategies and policies with this goal in mind. Some of them are general disability policies, others are more focused on specific themes like digital inclusion, independent living, inclusive education, and so on.