Ministry boosts NCPD with $588,000 grant

Acting permanent secretary Ministry for Women Rovereto Nayacalevu (right) signs off on a grant while Lemeki Cagialau 9Executive director National Council for Persobns with isabilities in Suva, on Mon 26 Sept 2022. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) received a $588,000 grant yesterday from the Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Ministry.

Government had announced an increase in allocation in the 2022-2023 National Budget from $488,000 previously to $588,000 for this Financial Year.

The increase was to facilitate the establishment of the National Disability Database, aid in fulfilling the objectives in the National Implementation Plan 2019-2023, institutional strengthening and policy review, and operational costs.

NCPD executive director Lemeki Cagialau said the council was grateful for the $100,000 increase.

“I believe this grant allocation will help the disability sector as a whole with the help of our stakeholders and donors in achieving some of the activities within our plan,” he said.

“We are looking this year to set up a National Database for Disability in Fiji and institutional strengthening in terms of raising awareness and providing training to our stakeholders regarding disability issues.

“We also have the review of our national policy and we would like to explore on that.

“And next year comes the end of the disability implementation plan from 2019 to 2023. So we are looking at renewing it and setting a new strategic plan on the way forward to what the disability sector would like to achieve in the next five years.”

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