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Human rights issues, which cut across all levels of society and spheres of life, cannot be addressed by any single agency, but instead require a multi-level and pluralistic effort. This also demands multiple talents and knowledge, contributed not only by SPC, but also by all the stakeholders with which we work. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), in particular, often have unique reach, access and proximity to communities, and can amplify local perspectives and priorities. Many CSOs also represent specific segments of the population such as women, youth, or people with disabilities, who often otherwise lack platforms in formal decision-making structures, and whose perspectives and interests are often otherwise overlooked.

The Pacific People Advancing Change (PPAC) programme aims to build advocacy capacity among Pacific Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) engaged with human rights issues, while also advancing those issues by supporting specific campaigns. It does this through a package of assistance that includes advocacy training workshops, ongoing mentoring, provision of small grants, and facilitating regional dialogue and exchange for advocates. The programme also produces learning materials for use in the advocacy training, and by partner organisations. Funding comes from the Swedish Government through SIDA.

PPAC currently supports CSOs in five Pacific Island Countries – the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. PPAC-supported CSOs and coalitions campaign on a wide variety of human rights issues, including gender-based violence, child rights and protection, labour issues, political representation of women, right to information, youth unemployment, disability rights, social harm of gambling, the rights of senior citizens, environmental issues, corruption, displacement, and climate change.

Phase Two recipients: The following 37 organisations have received funding to develop their human rights advocacy campaigns in 2019-2020.

Country

 

Location

Organisation

Vanuatu

1

Port Vila

Nakororiki Park Association

2

Port Vila

Tongoa Shepherds Women’s Association

3

Port Vila

Vatu Mauri Consortium

4

Port Vila

Ntalpuk Ning Epang Faum Association

5

Port Vila

V-Pride Foundation

6

Port Vila

Vanuatu Christian Council

7

Port Vila

Vanuatu Widows Association

8

Luganville

Vanuatu Disability Promotion & Advocacy

9

Luganville

Vanuatu Agricultural College

 

Solomon Islands

 

10

 

Honiara

 

Family Support Centre

11

Honiara

Literacy Association Solomon Islands

12

Honiara

Vois Blong Mere Solomon Islands

13

Honiara

Ahetaha Water Conservation Society

14

Honiara

Wai Hau Conservation Foundation

15

Honiara

West Are-Are Rokotanikeni Association

16

Honiara

Transparency Solomon Islands

17

Honiara

Dreamcast Theatre

18

Honiara

Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association

19

Auki

Auki Urban Disability Community Alliance

20

Auki

Malaita Provincial Council of Women

21

Auki

Auki Market Vendors Association

22

Auki

Malaita Christian Care Centre

23

Auki

Malaita Women in Business Association

24

Auki

Auki Planned Parenthood Association

 

FSM

 

25

 

Chuuk

 

Chuuk Conservation Society

26

Chuuk

Chuuk Kich Able United

27

Pohnpei

Care Micronesia Foundation

28

Pohnpei

Enimwahn Development Association

29

Pohnpei

Micronesian Productions

30

Pohnpei

Youth4Change 

 

RMI

 

31

 

Majuro

 

Marshall Islands Conservation Society

 

32

Majuro

Jo Jikum

 

33

Majuro

KIJLE

 

Tonga

 

34

 

Tongatapu

 

Tonga National Centre for Women and Children

 

35

Tongatapu

Seleka Youth

 

36

Tongatapu

Tonga Leitis Association

 

37

Tongatapu

Tonga Community Development Trust

Pacific Style Advocacy

Sustaining Campaign Coalitions