Disability Access Study

Project Name


Final Multi-Country Evaluation in the MENA Region: A Disability Access Study


Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt
Start Date April 2016
End Date


July 2016
Client Name The Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), Spain. Project Funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).


Objectives –        To assess the relevance of disability access in terms of this study and its objectives regarding the problems identified in the Agreement and within the framework of the Spanish Cooperation and the Paris Declaration.

–        To assess the design and implementation of disability access for this study. In particular, to assess the coherence between expected results and achievement of objectives compared to what was actually achieved during the study period.

–        To assess the implemented activities, their contribution to the achievement of results and the efficiency of the resources used.

–        To estimate the impact of the disability access study considering its strategy.

–        To analyse the commercial feasibility of the products resulting from the training workshops and the adaptations workshops.

–        To check that local authorities have participated in the design of the activities, and visibility aspects have been taken into account that conform to the relevant regulations.

–        To confirm that both local authorities and/or beneficiaries are capable of taking over the transfer of the project, as well as providing assurances of auto-sustainability when the intervention is over.

Methods Used –        Desktop review of relevant resources as specified in the project Terms of Reference.

–        Semi-structured qualitative interviews with key informants, project partners and beneficiaries.

–        Semi-structured qualitative focus group interviews with project partners and beneficiaries.

Key Findings –        Adaptations improved beneficiaries’ accessibility to basic services such as education, health services and public facilities.

–        Adaptations provided female and male beneficiaries with greater accessibility to vocational training and employment opportunities.

–        Virtual services facilitated collaboration and exchange of information and lessons learned between project partners and stakeholders working with disabled persons.

–        Awareness of the Spanish civil society was raised on the situation of persons with disabilities in the Middle East through project awareness campaigns and conferences.

–        Focus needs to be placed on developing sustainability plans for the project during the design, implementation and handover phases of the project. Developing a sense of ownership and empowering local stakeholders throughout the process is integral to ensure sustainability of the project