Disability Rights Promotion International Portugal

Chief Investigator: drpi_logotipo
Paula Campos Pinto ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

CAPP/ Instituto de Ciências Sociais and Políticas


  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian;
  • Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação, I.P.

The DRPI project had its origins in a meeting held in Almösa, Sweden, in November 2000, promoted by the United Nations Special Relateur on Disability, Bengt Lindqvist. Its aim is to set up a sustainable system for monitoring the human rights of people with disabilities all over the world.
In order to achieve this long-term goal, the DRPI articulates disability organisations, researchers, government organisations and national and international human rights NGOs, with a view to facilitating the development of skills in disability and human rights.

DRPI - Portugal
Implementation of DRPI Portugal began in Portugal in October 2010 in a joint initiative involving CAPP/Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação, I.P. The DRPI-Portugal project mobilises financial, technical and human resources from the three bodies in the areas of disability, human rights and research. It is a unique initiative for capacity building and monitoring of the human rights of people with disabilities, which is ground-breaking in Portugal and Europe. It is intended to be open to civil society, and particularly organisations representing people with disabilities.

Project aims

The aim of this project is to create the right conditions for systematic monitoring of laws, policies, social practices and media representations of disability in Portuguese society in light of human rights principles, and particularly the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The idea is to contribute to scientific knowledge of forms of discrimination and violation of human rights affecting people with disabilities in Portugal. This is an under-explored area in Portuguese social and legal sciences.
Capitalising on the translation into Portuguese and adaptation of the DRPI monitoring methodologies and instruments, we will also form partnerships with Portuguese-speaking countries so that the project can be implemented there.


  • To set up a network of DRPI Portugal partners;
  • To translate into Portuguese and adapt the DRPI methodologies and instruments;
  • To hold training-action sessions on disability, human rights and monitoring methods;
  • To conduct a pilot study to monitor individual experiences based on collection and analysis of the life stories of people with disabilities;
  • To draft and publish a final report.

Final Report of D.R.P.I. Portugal Project (pdf).

Read an article presenting and discussing the project's preliminary results (pdf).