Working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the capacity to implement and monitor progress towards inclusion.

Through the extensive experience of its board members, CIP identified the need for in-depth and tailored professional development training for OPD activists (demand side), policy makers and technocrats (supply side) as well as for development agencies and consultants who are increasingly contracted to deliver technical assistance (support side). While the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG initiative led by IDA provides strong foundation for OPDs, there is a need for more technical inputs. For policy makers there are to date very few opportunities.

CIP’s strategy is to create, with relevant stakeholders, a broad and modular curriculum on CRPD compliant and inclusive policy reform and development. This curriculum would have enough breadth and depth to significantly improve the capacity of stakeholders to develop, advocate for, implement, and evaluate inclusive policies across most sectors. Through collaboration with stakeholders, it would then be adapted and tailored to modify or supplement existing training programs or create new programs that will ultimately cover different populations and regions.

While the COVID 19 crisis has disrupted the process initiated in 2019, CIP engaged in 2020 with different stakeholders to deliver both broad and specialised multi stakeholder training.

  • Pacific training on CRPD compliant public policy
    • In 2020, CIP co-designed and co-organised a training program on CRPD compliant and inclusive public policy with the Pacific Disability Forum, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and CBM Australia (CBMA) with financial from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
    • Participants included Government focal points and OPDs (23 participants) from 10 Pacific Countries: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Palau, Kiribati, Tonga, Marshal Islands, Solomon Islands and Samoa.
    • The first module was delivered in person in Suva over 5 days in February 2020. It covered key principles and provisions of the CRPD as well as the key requirements for CRPD compliant policies. It was designed to enhance capacity of Government Disability Focal Points to carry out their leadership role in implementation of the CRPD both for mainstreaming disability across ministries, and supporting development of specific services and to enhance cooperation between DGFPs and OPDs.
    • The second module was supposed to take place in November 2020 but was postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions and will be replaced by an online program available in the second half of 2021. It will cover accessibility, non-discrimination, support services, social protection and CRPD compliant policy planning and budgeting.
  • Short course on Social Protection and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
    • The second main activity was the technical support to the short course on social protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities of the Bonn Rhein Sieg University of Applied Science and the ILO-UNICEF-UNPRPD inclusive social protection project.
    • The course aims at developing capacity of participants to design, advise or advocate for inclusive social protection systems and schemes fostering empowerment of persons with disabilities across the life cycle. 
    • Two sessions took place in 2020 for 58 staff from Governments, UN, and OPDs from 30 countries through 28 Webinars and 36 bilateral meetings. It will be carried out again in Spring and Summer 2021.

At the end of 2020, CIP partnered with CBM to design an introductory course on CRPD compliant policies and programs for the UN Partnership on Rights of Persons with Disabilities which will be rolled out in 2021.