Vanuatu Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association (VDPA) is the national Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) of Vanuatu.
VDPA was established on 4th April 1999 with the mandate to advocate for rights and promote abilities of people with disabilities in Vanuatu.
On 13th September 2002 VDPA was formally registered as a charitable organization with the Financial Services Commission.
VDPA has contributed significantly to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through the development of 28 affiliate groups, which work to raise awareness and advocate for disability inclusion - at the community level around Vanuatu.
Regionally, VDPA is a member of the Pacific Disability Forum (the regional umbrella body for Pacific Disabled People’s Organizations).
Between 2013 and 2017 VDPA has partnered with a number of organizations to implement disability inclusive development activities in the country,
most notably working nationally with the Government of Vanuatu towards the signing and ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disability (CRPD) in 2008 (the first Pacific nation to do so).
VDPA has a positive and proactive working relationship with the Government of Vanuatu, in particular the Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MJCS),
who currently hosts the Disability Desk, the Government of Vanuatu’s national disability coordination mechanism.