Promoting opportunities for all
Australia's support enabled the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund to include Indonesia and Pacific island countries. In 2011, the Fund provided support to 111 disabled people’s organisations globally. This support contributed to disabled people’s organisations successfully advocating to the Indonesian Government for ratification in November 2011 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
In 2011, Australia's partnership with the Pacific Disability Forum helped 13 disabled people's organisations across nine Pacific Island countries to raise awareness about disability rights in the Pacific.
Our contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled provided
assistance to 59 centres in 27 countries.
Our support contributed to the rehabilitation of more than 15,000 people with disability worldwide, including through the fitting of 19,560 assistive devices (7,456 prostheses and 12,104 orthoses). It also contributed to the distribution of 425 wheelchairs and 3,752 pairs of crutches to people with disability.
In Indonesia, 1,275 junior secondary schools were constructed with ramps and accessible toilets, leading to increased enrolment from children with disability.
In Samoa around 500 children with disability are receiving an education because of our support.
We are the first and largest donor ($2 million 2011–2012) to the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This fund supports UN agencies at a country level to work directly with governments and civil society groups to promote the rights of people with disability in line with the CRPD.
Increased financial support to the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund ($1.6 million to be paid in 2013). This will enable disabled people’s organisations to continue to advocate for ratification and implementation of the Convention and to support marginalised groups (e.g. women, youth and indigenous persons).
Strategic partnership developed with the Pacific Disability Forum to continue to support national
disabled people’s organisations in the Pacific ($4.5 million 2012–2016).
Continued funding to the World Health Organization Partnership to enhance the quality of life of persons with disability globally, including to support the development of Community Based Rehabilitation services in Asia and the Pacific.
Continued support to UNICEF to enhance education and child protection systems, including through pilot activities in Vietnam and Bhutan.
We supported the Forum Disability Ministers Meeting in Papua New Guinea, October 2012. The meeting gathered Disability Ministers to discuss progress on the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Post 2015 UN Development Agenda.
Australian Development Research Awards scheme will focus on disability-inclusive development as one of its themes, offering research institutions access to up to $6 million over three years from 2012–2015.
Support for the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will continue in 2012–2013. Australia is on the Policy Board of this fund and is actively encouraging other donors to participate.
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