April 2012 | PWDA Submission to the Mid-Term Review of the AusAID Strategy: Development for All - Towards a Disability-Inclusive Australian Aid Program 2009-2014

In this submission, PWDA responded to questions posed in the AusAID Mid-Term Review of the Strategy: ‘Development for All - Towards a Disability-Inclusive  Australian Aid Program 2009 -2014’ Terms of Reference which looked at the extent to which AusAID policy and implementation has been in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), particularly in regards to the participation of people with disability and their representative organisations.

April 2012 | PWDA supports Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD)    

PWDA partnered with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program to support Stephanie Hubbard in her year-long role as a Communications and Marketing Officer with the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in Fiji. 

The AYAD Program is part of Australian Volunteers for International Development, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative.  To learn more about the AYAD program, visit

March 2012 | United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP) Regional Preparatory Meeting on the New Asian and Pacific Decade, 2013-2022

PWDA participated in the United Nations Regional Preparatory Meeting on the New Asian and Pacific Decade, 2013-2022, as part of a group of 15 international ‘Civil  Society Organisations’ (CSOs).  The meeting focused on reviewing the draft goals and targets to be included in the 'Incheon Strategy' for people with disability in the Asia Pacific. The Incheon Strategy is an action framework for the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, which will run from 2013 to 2022. The CSO’s wrote a unified joint statement on the draft Strategy at the meeting. The ‘CSO Joint Statement’ formed the basis for input to the meeting discussions and influenced the revised draft text of the Incheon Strategy.

The meeting also promoted the Regional efforts to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through the ‘Make the Right Real Campaign’

The Incheon Strategy will be finalised at the ‘High Level Intergovernmental Meeting for the New Decade’, held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, 29 October to 2 November 2012.  PWDA will continue to have input to the New Decade of Persons with Disability in the Asia Pacific and strategies for implementation of the Convention in our region. 

October 2011 | Durban, South Africa Disabled Peoples' International 8th World Assembly

A delegation of Australian people with disability from PWDA and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) represented Australia at the Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) 8th World Assembly in Durban, South Africa.

December 2010 | PWDA supports DPO Kiribati

In 2010 PWDA supportedTe Toa Matoa, the  Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) in Kiribati.  Kiribati is one of the poorer countries in the Pacific and is seriously endangered by climate change and rising tides and unfunded without any office or substantial resources. Despite this, Te Toa Matoa is a dynamic organisation which uses song, dance and storytelling to undertake advocacy for people with disability.

September 2010 | DPO Tonga receives a data projector

Naunau 'oe 'Alamaite Tonga Disability Association (NATA) is a non-government, not for profit association formed by a group of people with disability who have come together to speak out for themselves and help empower people of differing abilities in Tonga.  Following a request from NATA for a data projector, PWDA was able to locate a projector and deliver this to NATA. With this small gift, NATA is now better equipped to give presentations on human rights and advocacy within the Tongan community.

Note: Due to the limited nature of our funds, PWDA does not accept unsolicited proposals or calls for assistance from DPO’s. Instead we work with established partner organisations and strive to increase their capacity to grow and develop within their own countries. PWDA is open to establishing new relationships with individuals and organisations willing to fund or promote our development work.

March 2010 | Council Meetings of the PDF in Fiji

The 2010 Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) Council Meeting was attended by 21 out of 22 Full Members from all 13 member countries, including PWDA and one territory (New Caledonia). The members approved the 2008-09 audited financial report, received annual reports from the Executive Committee and CEO and endorsed the 2010-2011 annual work plan and budget. Three new  organisations were received as Associate Members of PDF - Fusi Alofa Association Tuvalu, National Disability Resource and Advocacy Centre (PNG) and the Tonga Red Cross Society brought the total membership of PDF to 22 Full Members and 16 Associate Members.

September 2009-August  2010 | AHRC and PDF provide DPO Governance Training

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to coordinate and deliver governance and human rights training to nine countries in the Pacific. It also provided an opportunity for government and DPO representatives to begin working and planning together on strategies to progress the rights of people with disability in their countries.

PWDA provided support to the program by developing and delivering the advocacy component of  the training. Other support organisations include the Pacific Islands Forum  Secretariat (PIFS) and the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT).

April 2009 | PDF Conference and Council Meeting, Vanuatu

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) held its first Pacific Regional Conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 20-24 April 2009. The Conference consisted of three separate events  - the Women with Disability Forum, a two-day Conference program and the PDF General and Council meetings.

Co-hosted by PDF member Disability Promotion and Advocacy Vanuatu (DPA), the Conference provided PDF members, including PWDA and other participants with an opportunity to discuss disability and development and regional initiatives and projects.

February 2009 | 1st International  Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress in Bangkok

PWDA participated in the First Asia Pacific Community Based Rehabilitation Congress, 'Community – based Inclusive Development: Persons with disabilities and their families', which was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 18-20 February 2009. This Congress was held as a joint initiative between UN agencies, Governments and civil society.

The Congress brought together leading experts in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), people with disability and their organisations, donor and development  agencies involved in disability inclusive development, Government and Non-government organisations and many others to share knowledge and experiences of CBR, promote the effectiveness of CBR as a multi-sectoral strategy and develop future alliances and networks for the realisation of the rights of people with disability.

February 2009 | PWDA visited DPOs and other NGOs in Thailand and Laos

  • Lao Disabled Peoples Association (LDPA);
  • Lao Women with Disability Development Centre;
  • Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE);
  • the Department of Social Development and Welfare – Ministry of Social Development and Human Security;
  • Baan Fuengfah Home for Babies; and
  • Two CBR programs operating in the Bangkok.

October 2008 | Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF) ‘Disability and Development – Leadership in Asia and the Pacific’

PWDA acted as the lead agency in partnership with the Aboriginal Disability Network (ADN), Australian Council for International  Development (ACFID), Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS), Encompass Community Services Inc. and Vision Australia to provide the ‘Disability and Development –  Leadership in Asia and the Pacific’ ALAF Program 2008.

This 2008 program targeted people with disability for the first time, many of whom represent Asian and Pacific Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) and provided ground breaking opportunities to empower people with disability to gain both control and a voice.

2004 -2008 | Council Meetings of the Pacific Disability Forum

PWDA participated in Pacific Disability Forum Council Meetings throughout 2004-2008 where members approved audited financial reports, received annual reports from the Executive Committee and CEO, and endorsed upcoming work plans and budget.