APIDS has a position on the Executive of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium, an Australian based, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries and building on a human rights platform for disability advocacy.
One of ADDC’s biggest events this year was the launch of DFAT Disability Policy, Development for All 2015-2020: Strategy for strengthening disability-inclusive development in Australia’s aid program. It was launched on 25th May by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs at Parliament House in Canberra. The launch of this new Strategy represents another key milestone in promoting the inclusion of people with disability in Australia’s aid program.
Robyn is currently volunteering weekly with ADDC and is working on two projects of interest to supporters of APIDS.
The first is developing an up to date list of DPOs in the Pacific and Asia. It is a work in progress and the latest version can be found at http://www.addc.org.au/content/links/dpos
The second is supporting a Pacific Funding Working Group with the objectives to:
1) Lobby Australian and International donors and development agencies to fund DPOs in the Pacific
2) Work with Australian donors and development agencies to have processes to consult with DPOs in the Pacific
3) Work with Australian donors and development agencies to employ people with disabilities