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					       PNG COUNTRY REPORT
   PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT

FORUM DISABILITY MINISTERS’ MEETING

        Presented by: carol kidu dbe mp
      Minister for community development
Government’s Role in Disability
Statutory responsibility for disability is with
the Department For Community
Development (DFCD)but there is increasing
recognition of need for disability to be a
mainstreamed function of government
policies as well as a specific policy framework

DFCD has two officers – Program
Coordinator and Program Officer but
structure and staffing are under review for
expansion to facilitate policy implementation

Education Department & Health Department
also have staff to implement their policies
relevant to special needs for disability.
Government’s Role (Cont)

The      Government     through     the
Ministry and DFCD recognises PNG
Assembly of Disabled Persons (PNG
ADP) as the umbrella organisation
for all disabled peoples’ organisations
in the country.
This recognition is affirmed through
government assistance to strengthen
the capacity of PNG ADP.
Besides this, the Department has a
slowly increasing recurrent budget
for disability.
Government’s Role (Cont)
Half of the recurrent budget is allocated as
grants for Self-help Organisations (SHOs)
and disability service providers.
Government now also has a Development
Budget     to   implement      the    National
Disability Policy starting 2009 which
assists SHOs for their programmes
(estimated K10 million over next 5 years)
As yet, Provincial & District budgets rarely
cater for disability but this should improve
with    policy    roll-out   and    increased
awareness
Government Policy Initiatives
1990s – National Plan for the Prevention
of Disability and to integrate disabled
persons in national development
2001 – National government sought
assistance of the UN Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and pacific
(UNESCAP) to develop a national policy on
disability
For over six years government officers
and stakeholders engaged in dialogue and
consultation to develop the policy based
on the Biwako Millennium Framework
principles
The Policy identifies eleven (11)
   priority areas for action:
data and information
national coordination
legislation
public awareness
self help organisations /provincial associations
prevention, early detection and intervention,
rehabilitation services and assistive devices
education training and employment
accessibility and communication
social security and livelihood
gender equity.
                   Policy Goals




To promote and create awareness on the need to build a rights-
based, barrier-free and inclusive society for people with disability
in PNG

To achieve the above vision through the 11 targeted priorities of
the policy

To be the point of reference and guide for future plans,
programmes and activities geared towards building an enabling
environment for disability
PNG National Policy on Disability was approved by
 National Executive Council (NEC) in April 2008
       and officially launched in July 2009
Vision of the policy is to
  build:
   “A compassionate and
     family-based society
      that recognises that
    people with disabilities
     have the same human
   rights and that there are
     no physical or social
  barriers or attitudes that
        limits their full
    participation in every
            day life”
 Government action with increased
budget commitment combined with
wide participatory consultation has
 resulted in increased activity and
   support from NGO and church
service providers and from the PNG
Assembly of Disabled Persons and
   their community level SHOs –
    they are the implementation
      partners for government
National Board for Disabled Persons
Strategic Plan launch – March 2009
PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons
Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015 workshop
     Nothing About Us Without Us
WOMEN WITH DISABILITY
  WORKSHOP - 2006
CBSHOD WORKSHOP - 2007
PARI VILLAGE -0NE EXAMPLE OF A
   SELF HELP ORGANISATION
                      National Advisory Council on Disability

             DFCD
                                                                                      National
                                                                                       Service
                                            National               National Board     Providers
                     Other                   DPO                    for Disabled
                   Ministries                                         Persons
                    Health/
                   Ed/Labour Provincial Coordination Committee 0n Disability (PCCD)


  Provincial
Administration &               Provincial             Provincial
                                  DPO                    DPO                          Provincial
   Officers                                                                            Service
                                                                                      Providers

District &                 Local              Local                 Local
  LLG                      SHO                SHO                   SHO




  CONNECTING GOVERNMENT WITH THE PEOPLE THROUGH A
   HUMAN RIGHTS APPROACH TO INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT
   THE KEY IS IN THE COMMUNITY
                          OPEN STRATEGY

             0     =   OWNERSHIP
             P     =   PARTNERSHIPS & PARTICIPATION
             E     =   EMPOWERING & ENABLING
             N     =   NETWORKING & SHARING

There is a need for a paradigm shift in attitudes at
all levels so that our families and communities
have access to opportunities to take ownership of
development and build inclusive communities
from inside out (using an OPEN Strategy)
 OWNERSHIP is the basis of
PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
Progress on implementing Biwako
 Millennium Framework in PNG
A National Policy on disability developed
Establishment of National Advisory
Committee on Disability comprising of ten
representatives from relevant government
departments, churches and disability
organisations
Establishment of PNG Assembly of
Disabled Persons as umbrella organisation
for organisations of disable persons. More
than twenty (20) Self help organisations
of persons with disabilities established.
    Progress on BMF (Cont)
DFCD is collaborating with relevant
agencies to collect data and information on
disability
Based on UN projections of 10% of a
country’s population constitutes persons
with disabilities. This is confirmed by a
survey in a Highlands Province in 2006 by
Melanesian Research Institute.
Ongoing public awareness
By 2010 a fully staffed secretariat will be
in place to implement the policy
     Progress on BMF (Cont)
Awareness on CRPD Consultation with
major government agencies in October
2008 facilitated by PNGADP
Awareness raising at the PNG ADP
facilitated Strategic Planning Workshop
in June 2009
Inter Departmental meeting – October
2009
Stakeholders consultation workshop on
CRPD – set for November 2009
Ongoing awareness through DPOs.
   Challenges and Constraints
Lack of staff capacity within the DFCD to implement
disability policy and other preparatory work on
legislation and convention – development partners
to assist with TA for legal work and CSOs to be
strenghtened as implementers
Lack of support from all sectors of the society –
On-going awareness
Lack of Disability Institutional support - Networking
Not enough Government & private sector funding
to support SHOs and disability service providers –
keep lobbying and be accountable and transparent
Lack of comprehensive data on disability – partner
with National Statistics Office and with CLDCs of
the Integrated Community Development policy
Challenges and Constraints (cont.)
 Lack of specialised people in the area of disability
 – VSO, AVI etc
 Lack of accessibility (building, transport, etc) -
 specific     legislation      and       aggressive
 implementation
 Lack of research base for programmes – define
 research needs clearly then seek research
 partnerships
 Competing priorities in achieving MDGs tends to
 marginalise    issues    of  disability   –   keep
 mainstreaming disability in all human rights
 documents and in all policy frameworks
 Lack of political decision-making power –
 legislate for Parliamentary representation for
 disabled persons – Nothing About Us Without Us
 The CHALLENGE OF MAKING IT HAPPEN




Learning to paddle in the same direction to
create an inclusive and barrier-free PNG

				
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