More than 60 UN Country Teams submitted expressions of interest in response to the announcement of the first UNPRPD Funding Round (UNPRPD R1) in May 2012. At the end of a rigorous assessment process involving all UNPRPD constituencies — i.e. participating UN organizations, donors, representative organizations of persons with disabilities and broader civil society — 10 country-level joint UN programmes and one regional initiative were selected for funding. These programmes were based in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Moldova, Mozambique, Palestine, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine and Viet Nam as well as the Pacific region. Each joint programme brought together a variable number of participating UN organizations to work in an integrated fashion on a range of issues related to CRPD implementation. In most of the countries, project implementation started in earnest in January 2013. However, Palestine, Tunisia, South Africa and Viet Nam received funding only in the second quarter of 2013 – when additional resources became available – and started implementation in the second half of the year.

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