SCE Fora Assessment: Group of Friends on Disability, 2018

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SCE Fora Assessment: Group of Friends on Disability, 2018

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August 2018

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SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation(SCE), Group of Friends on Disability(GOFD)





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This report presents the results of an assessment of the APEC Group of Friends on Disability (GoFD) using data from sources like the APEC meeting database, as well as direct exchanges with the APEC Secretariat.

The report draws simple conclusions based on descriptive statistics, or highlights cases where use of statistics (like averages) would be uninformative (for instance, due to very small sample size). The key findings are: GoFD does not have all of its basic documents in place, as it has Terms of Reference but no Strategic Work Plan. All economies belong to the forum. Meeting attendance is variable: in one recent case, it appears a quorum was not present, but the average is just over 76% of the total number of member economies. Participation by female delegates is very strong: they account for, on average, around 60% of the total number of delegates at recent GoFD meetings for which data are available (two).