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Capacity Building


2015

Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) staged its 9th Regional Assembly from June 16-17, 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies with major financial support from Disabled People's International (DPI), United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) – DPI NAC Member Organization and Digicel Jamaica Ltd. The theme of the Assembly was Leadership in Transition "Rekindling the Fires" through Youth Empowerment and Organizational Strengthening.


2013

Phase II of the Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean Incorporated (DPI NAC Inc.) Strengthening the Organizational Capacity of Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean through Youth Empowerment Project was completed with the remittance of funds from the Abilis Foundation.  Visits to three (3) DPI NAC Inc. Member Organizations in St. Lucia from October 14-19, 2013, Belize from October 28-November 2, 2013, and Guyana from November 10-15, 2013 were successful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2010-2012

The Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) two-part Strengthening the Organizational Capacity of Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean through Youth Empowerment Project was launched with  DPI NAC 8th Regional Assembly 2011 from August 15-20, 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.  The Regional Assembly was staged under the caption Declaring the Person Inside: Ensuring Our Future through Youth Empowerment.

 

Combined workshops for Youth with Disabilities & Women with Disabilities were held alongside Strategic Planning Meetings of the DPI NAC Regional Council from August 15-18, 2011Click here to read the completed 3-Year Strategic Plan.  DPI NAC Regional Council Meetings continued on August 19-20, 2011 and the week concluded with a Closing Fun Night on the evening of August 20, 2011.

 

The workshops for youth with disabilities & women with disabilities and the strategic planning meetings were the Phase I of the capacity building project.  The Phase II involved in-country capacity building work with DPI NAC Inc. Member Organizations.


2008-2009

The Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) two-part Governance and Democracy capacity building project that included a DPI NAC Regional Women's Network Coordinating Committee (RWN CC) Strategic Planning Meeting on June 18 and 20, 2009 and the DPI NAC Regional Council Meeting from June 19-20, 2009 was a tremendous success!

 

The Project was held in Barbados, W.I. and was sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Caribbean Office, and Sagicor Financial Corporation through its subsidiary in Antigua and Barbuda, Sagicor Life Inc.  Transportation was provided by the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD), and the DPI NAC Member National Assembly in Barbados, the Barbados National Organization of the Disabled (BARNOD) also provided financial support and were excellent hosts!


2006-2008

Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) launched a Health Education and Poverty capacity building project during its 7th Regional Assembly 2006 from December 4-9, 2006.  The Assembly included a 3-day training seminar from December 4-6 entitled Discovering the Potential Inside: Claiming Our Right to a Healthy Lifestyle focusing on the effect HIV, STIs and substance abuse has had and is having on the community of persons with disabilities, particularly women in the Region.

The rest of the week included the following activities:

  1. University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Behavioural Sciences Social Work Unit presentation on research and persons with disabilities, launching of the UWI Research Programme on Disability Studies, launching of its website found at http://sta.uwi.edu/disabilitystudies/, and presentations of the working paper “Tertiary Education: Fostering Inclusiveness for Persons with Disabilities" on December 7;

  2. The election of a coordinating committee to manage a regional women's network and the launching of the network on December 8;

  3. Regional council meeting that included the election of a New Regional Executive Council, and the election of new DPI World Council members on December 9.

DPI North America and the Caribbean 7th Regional Assembly 2006 was held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of Disabled Peoples' International (TTDPI).  Phase I of the project was funded by of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Abilis Foundation and the Commonwealth Foundation.

Abilis Foundation funded Phase II of the project for Health Education and Poverty Workshops convened by the DPI NAC national assemblies in Barbados (March 22-23, 2007); St. Vincent and the Grenadines (April 14 & 18, 2007); Antigua and Barbuda (June 11-12, 2007); Dominica (June 12-13, 2007); St. Lucia (June 26-27, 2007); Grenada (July 11-12, 2007); Guyana (July 23-24, 2007); The Bahamas (September 20, 2007); Jamaica (November 8-9, 2007); and St. Kitts and Nevis (June 6-7, 2008).


2003-2006

After many years of dormancy, the North America and the Caribbean Region of Disabled Peoples' International had its first real awakening with the implementation of a capacity building project that was launched in Antigua from January 12-16, 2004.

The event was something of a milestone achievement for the Antigua & Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities (ABAPD) since this was the first regional and international event to have been hosted by an organization of persons with disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda.  The capacity building conference entitled Establishing Our Rights, Recognizing Our Diversity was staged from January 13-15, 2004 with Regional Council Meetings on January 12, 2004 and again on January 16, 2004.

The Abilis Foundation funded the regional capacity building project named Networking & Communications: Increasing the Knowledge Base of the North America/Caribbean Region that was launched at the aforementioned Conference in Antigua attended by representatives from the 14 national assemblies that are members of Disabled Peoples' International North America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) and 1 organization of and for persons with disabilities in Barbados that later became an associate member of the Region.

The project was completed on March 31, 2006.

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