This Joint programme will address the lack of stakeholder coordination, accountability, and engagement between OPDs and Government, primarily Cook Islands National Disability Inclusive Development Policy Committee and CINDC, as well as within the civil society sector, by fostering meaningful exchange platforms, providing education and greater access to relevant and easy-read information.
Through the development of resource toolkits and workshops, OPDs can gain greater organisational management, leadership, accountability, and advocacy skills, whilst government and private sector businesses can empower and equip themselves to provide reasonable accommodation for PWDs, especially in Disaster Risk Management plans for COVID-19.
The Cook Islands Disability Inclusive Development Policy (CINDID) 2020-2025, mandated under the Disability Act 2008, has struggled to realise its outcomes, and to mobilize stakeholders. This is attributed to the lack of assigned timely and measurable targets within the policy to specific members of the Cook Islands Disability Inclusive Development committee. This proposal will strengthen the policy by developing a second layer, a Disability Action Plan (DAP) managed and led by the OPD sector and National Disability Coordinator at Internal Affairs.