17 November 2020


Most countries reforming or developing social protection schemes and programs for persons with disabilities are facing issues concerning disability assessments and determination mechanisms. However, these aspects are largely perceived as barriers due to their complexity, duration, lack of accessibility of information and geographic distribution of assessment points, and issues related to dignity and privacy.

While high-income countries have sophisticated multidisciplinary mechanisms, most low and middle-income countries do not have sufficient resources and capacities to carry out these assessments with adequate coverage. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the usefulness of updated national disability registries that unfortunately very few LMICs have.

Many countries have been working on reforming their systems, for instance adopting processes that do not make medical assessment a prerequisite for disability determination.

Based on this scenario, this webinar sought to initiate a conversation on a practical framework for disability assessment and determination in line with CRPD standards and adapted to LMICs contexts.


  • Alexandre Cote, UNPRDP-ILO-UNICEF
  • Josh Wakaniyasi, Fiji Federation of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ketevan Melikatdze, UNICEF Georgia
  • Donna Koolmees, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID OKARD

Moderator: Felicity O’Brien, DFAT

Webinar materials:


Registrants: 250


Attendees: 105


Youtube views: 485

(until august/2021)