Advancing Disability Rights in ASEAN: A Closer Look at the Mid-Term Review Process

June 29, 2024

An estimated 90 million Southeast Asians with disabilities encounter daily attitudinal, communication, environmental and institutional barriers that prevent them from full participation in their communities. In December 2018, ASEAN launched the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to integrate the global human rights standards as outlined in the…

Advancing Disability Rights: Key Highlights from the 2023 AICHR Regional Consultation

December 15, 2023

From December 4 to 5, the 2023 ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Consultation on the Midterm Review and Progress of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025 took place in Bangkok, Thailand, both in-person and virtually. Organized in collaboration with AGENDA and ADF, with support from the Australian Government Department of Foreign…

OPDs Make Impactful Contributions at 5th AICHR Human Rights Dialogue

November 15, 2023

On November 6, the voices of persons with disabilities resonated at the 5th ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Human Rights Dialogue, held at the ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta. Three Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) holding consultative status with AICHR, namely the Indonesian People with Disabilities Association, Thailand Association of…

AGENDA’s Active Participation in ASEAN High-Level Forum

October 15, 2023

From October 10 to 12, AGENDA's commitment to promoting disability rights and inclusion took center stage at the ASEAN High Level Forum (AHLF) on Disability Development and Partnership Beyond 2025 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The event, co-hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Indonesia, ASEAN, and the United States government, brought…

IFES Training Boosts Advocacy Skills for ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025

August 31, 2023

In a significant stride toward enhancing the advocacy capabilities of Disabled People Organizations (DPOs), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) conducted a two-day training program for partners of the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA). Held on August 29 and 31, the training focused on negotiation, lobbying, and diplomacy, aiming to…

AGENDA Final Evaluation Workshop

January 11, 2023

On August 1-2, IFES and AGENDA hosted the final evaluation workshop with OPD partners to assess the program's effectiveness. IFES Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer Matthew Emery and IFES Senior Inclusion Specialist Rebecca Aaberg led the two-day workshop which was attended by 23 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand,…

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ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF)

February 18, 2022

The ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) is a network composed of the organization of persons with disabilities (OPDs) in the ASEAN region. It is a platform for OPDs to coordinate actions in advocating disability-inclusive policy and implementation. ADF works in all areas, aiming to mainstream disabled people's needs to change the medical paradigm towards…


Association of Indonesian Persons with Disabilities (Perkumpulan Penyandang Disabilitas Indonesia/(PPDI)

February 18, 2022

PPDI was established in 1987 as an umbrella organization for various organizations for persons with disabilities in Indonesia. As an umbrella organization, PPDI has branches in 31 of 34 provinces in Indonesia. PPDI aims to achieve the fulfillment of the rights of persons with disabilities in order to obtain equal opportunities in all…


Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO)

February 18, 2022

Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization was established in 1994 as a movement of Cambodian persons with disabilities. CDPO is a membership-based, non-governmental organization, representing persons with disabilities in Cambodia and working towards becoming “The voice of persons with disabilities in Cambodia”. CDPO has differentiated itself from other Cambodian disability organizations by building a national…