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AGENDA Monitoring & Evaluation Training


On January 30, General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) conducted a training on monitoring and evaluation in Yangon, Myanmar, with 17 representatives from nine DPOs – the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO), the Hanoi Independent Living Center (Hanoi ILC), the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI), the National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM), Center for Advocacy Learning and Livelihood (CALL) Foundation, the Nationwide Organization of Visually Impaired Empowered Ladies (NOVEL), the Indonesian Disabled People Association (Perkumpulan Penyandang Disabilitas Indonesia, PPDI), the Regional Association of Women with Disabilities, and the Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB) – a member of Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and Chairman of ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF).  Participants learned about conducting monitoring and evaluation for the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025 on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The interactive training aimed to familiarize the participants with the importance of M&E for Masterplan, the role of DPOs in Masterplan M&E and ways to collect data for the Masterplan M&E.

Further information on the training, please visit: https://bit.ly/2V8fSRV

MoU between ADF and IFES/AGENDA

On January 29, 2019, IFES and the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continue coordinating efforts to increase access to political rights for persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia. IFES, which founded the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) in 2011, is partnering with disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and election-focused civil society organizations in six Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. IFES and AGENDA will coordinate with ADF to raise awareness about the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of persons with Disabilities.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2IcSiSE

The 4th Regional Disability Rights Dialogue


On January 28-29, the IFES Myanmar and IFES AGENDA teams organized and hosted the fourth Regional Disability Rights Dialogue in Myanmar. Following its theme of "Transforming Obligation into Action”, the dialogue focused on the first section of the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which contains key action points on mainstreaming disability inclusion throughout electoral and political institutions. AGENDA Disability Rights Advisor Tolhas facilitated one of the four working group discussions on political leadership. More than 150 participants joined the dialogue. The dialogue was unique in not only covering disability inclusion in political processes, but also considering these mainstreaming efforts within an intersectional approach to the inclusion of different gender groups, youth, and other marginalized communities.

Here’s how to build inclusive technology, today

“Value  in Disability” is a concept introduced by Ken Chua, Founder and Director of (these)abilities in the article which lays out the current disparity between technology & inclusion. The interesting article was wrote for the World Economic Forum to promote a pro-disability perception among policy makers, business leaders, technology creators and the general public.

The link to the article  ‘Here’s how to build inclusive technology, today’ : 


Australian Embassy Workshop on “An Inclusive and Disabled-Friendly Indonesia”

On December 10, the Embassy of Australia in Jakarta organized a half-day workshop to Commemorate the 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the topic of “An Inclusive and Disabled-Friendly Indonesia.” The workshop was opened by Allaster Cox, Deputy Head of Mission. Tolhas Damanik delivered a presentation on strengthening the voices of persons with disabilities at the regional level and briefly presented on the Masterplan. AGENDA Program Manager Erni Andriani also facilitated a session on creating an inclusive general election. Participants had a group discussion to formulate some real actions which can be accomplished within a year. At the end of the workshop, reflection and response from Australian and Indonesian governments were given by Fleur Davis the Minister Counsellor Governance and Human Development and by Vivi Yulaswati, the Director of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare of BAPPENAS, respectively.

2018 AICHR Regional Dialogue

From December 3 - 5, AGENDA participated in the 2018 AICHR Regional Dialogue and launch of the Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Masterplan) in Bangkok, Thailand. The Masterplan 2025 was officially launched on December 3, concurrent with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and was followed by a roundtable discussion on the document. After lunch, the participants visited an exhibition on UD and assistive devices at the Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani. The panel discussions were held on December 4 on (1) UD: Concept, Application and Challenges; (2) Implementing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: UD, Inclusive Cities and ASEAN Heritage; (3) UD and ICT in Financial Services: Current Development and Good Practices; and (4) Implementing SDG 16: UD and Access to Justice. The three position papers developed during the AGENDA DPO Coordination Meeting were shared and used as basis document of each group discussion on December 5.

DPOs Coordination Meeting

On  December 2, the General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA) organized a Disabled People’s Organization (DPO) Coordination Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand which was attended by 52 participants from 27 DPOs and CSO from nine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States (excluding Brunei Darussalam). After the opening remarks by IFES Asia-Pacific Technical Advisor Kyle Lemargie, AGENDA Disability Rights Advisor Tolhas Damanik introduced the concept of Universal Design (UD), which would be the topic of the subsequent 2018 ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Dialogue. Participants were clustered into three groups to discuss barriers, strategies, and recommendations to the three themes of the Regional Dialogue: UD on (1) Inclusive Cities and Asian Heritage, (2) Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Financial Services, and (3) Access to Justice. The discussions led to three DPO position papers which were presented at the 2018 AICHR Regional Dialogue.




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