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From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furthering Effective Partnership for an Inclusive Pacific 2030. Pacific Disability Forum SDG-CRPD Monitoring Report 2018;


In the last five years, Pacific Island countries’ leaders have strengthened their commitments to tackle barriers faced by persons with disabilities, with most countries now having ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The adoption of the 2016-2025 Pacific Regional Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD) represents another important step forward. PIC Governments have also prioritized empowering persons with disabilities as one of the issues that require collective attention in the 2017 Roadmap for Sustainable Development.

Those commitments have begun to translate into greater efforts and progress in terms of awareness raising, legal harmonisation, data collection, inclusive education, vocational training, and access to assistive devices, social protection, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response. Engagement with Organisations of People with Disabilities has significantly increased in many countries.

key factor in this progress has been the unique and fruitful regional and multi-stakeholder collaboration between government, DPOs, regional bodies, UN agencies, and development and donor partners, including the sustained support of the Australian Government for disability inclusive development in the Pacific.

However, overall domestic resource allocation for the inclusion of persons with disabilities is still below 0.15% of the GDP for most countries. There remains a strong reliance on ODA to invest in developing required disability-specific and disability inclusive services. Countries often prioritise few issues and have not yet adopted a whole-of-government approach to inclusion. There is also a need for more effective regulatory changes across sectors and development of support services to enable significant improvement in the life of persons with disabilities and their families. While more can be done to make the most of existing resources, the intrinsic geographic, economic and institutional constraints faced by many countries are curtailing investments that would be needed to further decisive progress.

The Pacific Disability Forum and its members call on all countries to pursue their efforts to implement the CRPD and inclusive SDGs in close cooperation with DPOs. 

Considering the inherent constraints of many countries and competing priorities imposed by climate change, PDF calls also for deepening partnership towards an Inclusive Pacific 2030 notably through the formalisation of an efficient and innovative regional and multi-stakeholder mechanism in support of the PFRPD that would allow for mutualisation of investments, further coordination of technical assistance and gain in economy of scale in relation to procurement, development of human resources and access to services. 

Click here for: The Pacific Disability Forum SDG-CRPD Monitoring Report 2018 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support 

The Pacific Disability Forum and Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support teamed up for an 18 month research project on Capacity Development for Disabled People’s Organisations in the Pacific.

The project visited 11 Pacific Island Countries. Researchers visited each country and conducted meetings and focus groups with Disabled People’s Organisations, persons with disability in the community and government officials. 

The research focussed on qualitative data on:

  • identifying existing capacity strengths of the Disabled People’s Organisations,
  • identifying shared capacity development objectives among Disabled People’s Organisations
  • identifying approaches and tools for strengthening capacity
  • describing experiences and lessons learned about capacity development processes
  • describing factors which influence existing capacity of Disabled People’s Organisations in the Pacific
  • providing information to support evidence informed policy making
  • providing DPOs learning opportunities about capacity development, effectiveness and efficiency in their own contexts

Research reports for each country and a summary report are available in our online resource library.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

UNESCAP funded the Pacific Disability Forum’s research into livelihood and disability in Fiji.

The research took place across all divisions in Fiji, was both qualitative and quantitative, and included face-to-face interviews and focus groups.

Researchers asked about housing, household structure, social services, skills and education, income, and non-income livelihood issues. 

The final report is available in our online resource library.

Fiji Disabled Peoples Association 

In 2011 the Pacific Disability Forum and the Fiji Disabled Peoples Association teamed up to perform research on disaster and risk reduction in Fiji.

The purpose of the research was to identify the gaps and to share experiences of persons with disabilities during disasters. Researchers used a structured questionnaire and focus groups to gather data.

The project gathered and analysed the data and made recommendations on how to work with government and the community to include persons with disabilities in disaster preparation in Fiji. 

The final report is available in our online resource library.