How to use this handbook
This website provides information on important issues concerning the PRS process. It seeks to be as concise as possible and as comprehensive as necessary, balancing between providing basic information for beginners as well as details and useful links designed for more experienced users interested in or already working in the field of disability.
The most effective way to use this website is to choose issues according to individual needs, depending on the specific situation and previous knowledge. The website provides general background information, links, resources and tools on key issues regarding PRS, disability and project and process management. What the website does not do is offer any ready-made prescriptions and solutions that would enable the disability dimension to be successfully integrated into any national PRS process.
The website contains nine chapters. The first three chapters provide users with orientation and a summary of the main subjects; they are short and concise and make it easier for the user to choose from the more specific materials compiled in chapters four to nine. Chapters four to eight offer specific and more detailed information on five different subjects: country case studies, PRS and stakeholders, disability, process and project management, lobby and advocacy. The last chapter of this website proposes possible workshop agendas as well as different tools that could be used to facilitate planning processes, workshops and projects.
In each section yellow boxes with internet links, bibliographical links and tools help the user to intensify his or her research by providing more details on specific topics. The glossary is available as a website flag and explains technical terms and abbreviations. All words, which are listed in the glossary, are marked like this: abbreviation. The long name of abbreviations can be read when scrolling with the mouse courser on it (for example: Abb ). The search function of this website offers another possibility to check specific terms.
Content of the website:
Chapter 1 “PRS for beginners” provides a basic overview of the PRS process, giving a short summary of the definition, use and stakeholders of the PRS process, and approaches to PRS and disability.
Chapter 2 “How to initiate a PRS and disability process” proposes several steps for initiating a process with the aim of including a disability dimension in national PRS processes.
Chapter 3 “Entry points for the civil society in the PRS process” explains the three main phases of a PRS (formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation), and indicates possible entry points for civil society participation.
Chapter 4 “Case studies” summarises experiences from six countries (Honduras, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia and Vietnam) on how organisations of and for people with disabilities became engaged in their national PRS process.
Chapter 5 “PRS and stakeholders” presents important elements of the PRS approach, its structure, development and content. It also provides an overview of the relevant stakeholders, their internal organisational structures, their mutual links and the relationships between them. This chapter presents different opinions on the PRS approach as well as its links to the issue of disability.
Chapter 6 “Disability” first introduces the different models, approaches and definitions of disability, impairment, etc. It then identifies the key sectors within the concept of PRS that are most relevant for disability: health, rehabilitation, social protection, education, employment and accessibility. At the same time, this chapter seeks to encourage the mainstreaming of disability in all PRSP sectors. It is designed to serve as background information, enabling an analysis of the relationship between the PRS and the issue of disability in each individual country.
Chapter 7 “Process and project management” seeks to provide general information on negotiations as well as project and process management in order to facilitate the development and implementation of a joint national strategy for disability stakeholders in general and, more specifically, in respect to the PRS process. It introduces the concepts of organisational self-assessment and stakeholder analysis: these tools enable the existing potentials of DPOs to be assessed, and additionally provide a basis for networking.
Chapter 8 “Advocacy and lobbying: Influencing policies” presents different ways of influencing policies, such as effective advocacy, lobbying and campaigning activities. It proposes various communication techniques, and ways of contacting and convincing key representatives in the national PRS process.
Chapter 9 “Workshop tools” contains possible agendas for workshops, and proposes tools designed to facilitate discussions and the planning process. It also provides further information on specific issues.