Pacific Disability Forum

We are a constituency of 71 organisations of & for persons with disabilities and Assosciate members representing diverse groups of persons with disabilities and their supporters in 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.

Our Dream is an inclusive Pacific society where all human rights of all persons with disabilities are realized for an inclusive Pacific 2030

PDF calls for more disability equity than inclusion alone in its Submission to Australia’s International Disability Equity & Rights Strategy

Inclusion can ensure we have a seat at the table, but it is equity that will transform and reconfigure that table to guarantee our full, effective and meaningful participation.’

Setareki Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum.
CEO smiling to camera

Disability inclusion has been on the agenda for our region since 2009. Since that time, we have seen progress in many areas. Many mainstream development donors and investments now have disability inclusion policies or strategies. We congratulate and thank the Australian Government for leading the way in this area since its first Development for All strategy, and its successor, and are pleased to have this opportunity to provide our recommendations to strengthen the direction of DFAT’s new International Disability Equity and Rights Strategy (IDEARS). 

There have been pockets of success for disability inclusion over the past decade and a half, in areas such as inclusive education, inclusive WASH, the emergence and strengthening of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), disaster risk reduction and the ratification of the CRPD by now 14 Pacific Island Country (PIC) governments. However, we are not on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for people with disabilities in our region.

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Our Donors

PDF is currently supported by the Australian Aid through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as well as through New Zealand Aid which is funded through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). Both the DFAT and MFAT supports PDF through both core and program funding.

Our Members

Our members are organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) spread across 22 pacific island countries and territories.

Major Partners

Our major Partners who support PDF’s programmatic work, annual workplan and the overall implementation of our Strategic plan are as follows:


Partners who support the implementation of our strategic plan are:

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