Executive Officer – ADDC

An opportunity to work with organisations interested in disability inclusive development. The ADDC is a national network established in 2007 to focus attention, expertise and action on disability issues in developing countries and building a national platform for disability advocacy and action. Whilst comprised of a network of implementing agencies for the disability, development, and university sectors, the ADDC plays an advisory rather than implementing role.



Vanuatu National Sustainable Development Plan

The Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association in Vanuatu has released a report on the government’s proposed National Sustainable Development Plan.

The Plan represents an excellent chance for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups to have inclusion placed at the forefront of the national agenda. The Plan can be seen as a framework to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified in 2008.

In general, the Association is happy with the proposed Plan, but suggests some improvements in order to align better with the CRPD. To find out more, visit: http://www.dpavanuatu.org/

More ADDC Videos

The Australian Disability and Development Consortium and ten of its members (including APIDS) have produced a series of short videos featuring persons with disability who are, or were, engaged in a disability-inclusive development (DID) project or initiative.

These are the final four videos in the series and highlight people’s stories and experiences.

Chenda Min a young Cambodian woman with a visual impairment describes how she strives to ‘to provide hope to people with disability, especially for the young generation’ in her community. Produced in partnership with CBM Australia and CDMD (Cambodian Development Mission for Disability).

I Nengah Latra is the founder and director of the Puspadi Bali Foundation. He talks about opportunities for employment for people with disabilities and his commitment to advocating for more and better sports infrastructure for people with disabilities. Produced in partnership with Sport Matters and the Puspadi Bali Foundation.

Kisan Pariyar tells us about his experience after suffering a work related accident. He was fitted with prosthetics and now has options to continue to support his family. Produced in partnership with The Leprosy Mission Australia.

Connie Miari an Australian social worker recently volunteered with disabled people’s organisations in Suva, Fiji, to help build leadership skills. The release of this final video marks the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Produced in partnership with Scope Global.



Ranjesh Prakash

This video in the ADDC series features Ranjesh Prakash from Fiji and was produced in partnership with APIDS and United Blind Persons of Fiji. Ranjesh tells us about his journey from rural Fiji  to Suva, the capital city, where he studied in a boarding school for vision impaired children and then in a mainstream secondary school and finally to Melbourne where he is currently completing a bachelor degree in international development. Ranjesh is the recipient of an Australia Award scholarship.

He also shares with us his commitment to raising public awareness on the abilities of persons with vision impairment. In Fiji, he was actively involved in advocacy campaigns and supported training activities with United Blind Persons of Fiji which is one of the Disabled People’s Organisations supported by APIDS.

Ranjesh is preparing his return to Fiji in 2017 and is very keen to put into practice what he learnt during his studies in Australia through long term employment and to continue his advocacy work to ensure that people with disabilities are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

A Call for Climate Action

Ipul Powaseu spoke on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency at the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Here are her powerful remarks – spoken from her heart – as an indigenous woman with disability from a small island nation in the Pacific Islands.

Ipul Powaseu addresses the UN Climate Change Conference on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency

My name is Ipul Powaseu and I am speaking on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency. I come from a small island in Papua New Guinea and the impacts of climate change are real for me. The shorelines are eroding almost one meter every year and for me, this is threatening my way of life, my livelihoods, and even posing greater challenges that ­— as a woman with disability — I am also confronted with.

Issues resulting from climate change, impacts such as: decreasing food security resulting in malnutrition, decreasing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, reduced access to infrastructure, shelter and basic services, and increasing displacement are realities that I, as an indigenous woman with disability, from a small island in the Pacific is faced with.

It is critical that we ensure the Paris Agreement is implemented in a way which leaves no one behind. Countries have committed themselves to transition to low-carbon and renewable societies, but the rules have not been outlined to ensure that this transition is just, that it takes us away from dirty energy and business as usual rather than promoting false methods of offset, nor that it ensures women and men will benefit and be engaged equally in this transition, respecting and promoting the human rights of all.

Frankly, the ambition, particularly from developed countries, to both cut emissions and provide the adequate means of implementation for developing countries to mitigate and adapt is nowhere near what the world needs.

For me personally, from the Pacific — this is a threat to our entire way of being, to our home, our ecosystem. The reality now is that small island developing states are already looking for land elsewhere as their homes are disappearing. It’s a threat that is in the here and now.

As COP 22 has been labelled the “COP of action,” we urge countries to take action NOW to address climate change. In this regard, although a lot of noise is being made around the entry into force of the Paris agreement, the Women Gender Constituency would like to remind countries that the Doha Amendment still hasn’t been ratified. Action is inevitable.

For us in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, action is not an option, it is a must. The longer we wait, the harder it will be.

We have witnessed a normative shift in this process, recognizing the very clear linkages between gender equality and climate change, highlighted by a new decision on a three-year work program on gender coming out of this COP. BUT, and I repeat that for women around the world, this crisis is happening in the here and now. We will work to raise ambition and ensure implementation of the Paris Agreement leaves no one behind, is built on strong consultation and consent with communities, is driven by decentralized gender-just solutions, which challenge dominant patterns of growth and consumption that cause climate change.

We are not here to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream.

It is within your power, all our power, to meet this crisis with the ambition and urgency it deserves. Let us work together.

The Disability Rights Fund acknowledges the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) for their enthusiastic partnership to include Ipul Powaseu and women with disabilities in their COP22 agenda for gender equality and climate justice.

Ipul is a person with a disability who has been instrumental in working for the rights for persons with disabilities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), particularly in access to public facilities and amenities and as a facilitator for national policy initiatives. She is the Chairperson of the PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons and also serves as a representative the Pacific Disability Forum.

The Papua New Guinea Assembly of Disabled Persons is the national disabled persons’ organization umbrella organization of PNG. Their mission is to empower persons with disabilities to meaningfully participate and positively contribute towards nation building in PNG. They are leading a National Coalition, funded by the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, to advocate for the development and adoption of a National Disability Bill.

ADDC videos

The Australian Disability and Development Consortium and ten of its members (including APIDS) have produced a series of short videos featuring persons with disability who are, or were, engaged in a disability-inclusive development (DID) project or initiative (in Australia or overseas). In these videos they share their personal stories and how disability inclusive development projects changed their lives, benefitted their communities and contributed to a more inclusive society.

The video series was officially launched during a parliamentary event in Canberra on 30 November 2016 in the presence of some of the persons featuring in the videos and of senior politicians from different Australian political parties.

 Introduction, featuring APIDS partners Ipul from PNG, Ranjesh from Fiji, and APIDS members Elena and Robyn: https://youtu.be/-wPayl85vW4

WaterAid, featuring Kim Socheat from Cambodia: https://youtu.be/XnDXPY_9BtY

AFDO featuring Frank Hall-Bentick: https://youtu.be/LZqUytcVDzU

The Able Movement featuring Mark Bagshaw: https://youtu.be/seNcQJORQTA

Coffey featuring Dao Thu Huong from Vietnam: https://youtu.be/x8k8pDRaCys

Suparman from Indonesia and was produced in partnership with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (University of Sydney) and ASB (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund): https://youtu.be/OtMJc7NiE0I