Cook Islands
Country Programmes

Ārangatū Me Okota’I – Strengthening our work together

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
24 Feb 202123 Feb 2024
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 400,000
Thematic focus: Access to Information and ICTs, Awareness Raising, COVID-19 Response and Recovery, National Disability Policy, National development planning and monitoring, OPDs capacity building

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP

Government Organizations

  • Disability Coordinator - Internal Affairs

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • Cook Islands National Disability Council

The Programme

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.


To mobilize stakeholders towards the realization of this DAP, a Disability Alliance (steering committee) will be developed from the current reference group. The Cook Islands National Disability Council will be strengthened to lead the DAP and Alliance.
A one-stop Digital Disability Platform (DDP) will be established to provide access to shared learning, services, resources, training, and official documents. By digitizing meetings, trainings, services and reporting, more meaningful participation can be fostered for the most marginalised groups such as the Pa Enua. Support and professional advice will be provided to each identified OPD to either (a) establish or (b) refresh their individual website to connect back to the platform. Additionally, partnerships with the Office of the Ombudsman will strengthened and information on their role in monitoring complaints for PWDs will be highlighted and promoted via extensive communications plans.

Programme Documents