Established in 2011, the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) was formed as a forum to improve access to political and electoral opportunities for persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia through increased public awareness and advocacy for change.
AGENDA is a creative partnership between IFES, disabled persons organizations (DPOs), and election-focused civil society organizations (CSOs. AGENDA is currently funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during the first phase of the project. The AGENDA network’s principal objectives have been to promote election access in Southeast Asia and ensure that access to disability-inclusive political processes is on the human rights agenda of regional bodies, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Agenda Disability Rights Advisor
Tolhas Damanik is the Disability Rights Advisor for AGENDA. He has conducted extensive public policy advocacy at the national and regional levels, including most recently for the establishment of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Damanik has over 17 years of experience conducting disability rights advocacy related to education, political participation, employment and social protection. This short video shows him talking about some of his work.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Senior Program Manager for AGENDA
Erni Andriani manages AGENDA program implementation and the work of partner organizations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Andriani started her career in international development at IFES in Indonesia in 1999 and has since implemented large-scale governance, health, disability rights and law, and justice. Ms. Andriani has substantial experience in project management, budgeting, and coordinating the implementation and administration of program activities. She has represented AGENDA in international conferences, including ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) events, sharing knowledge and experiences from her work on increasing access to elections for persons with disabilities. Ms. Andriani holds a Bachelor of Law from Trisakti University in Jakarta and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University in Ohio, USA.