Indonesia ratified CRPD in 2011 and was in need to develop a new disability policy and put in place a more articulated institutional architecture to address the persistent discrimination faced by persons with disabilities throughout the country. There was also a demand for improved data collection mechanisms and for a more coordinated disability rights movement with stronger capacity to engage in policy dialogue.
UNPRPD joint programme was launched in October 2012 with the following objectives: to enhance the capacity of disability focal point institutions at different levels of government; to strengthen the capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities and improve their collaboration with public authorities; and to assist with the development of more effective systems for disability data collection.
For strengthened disability architecture, the UNCT in Indonesia addressed two specific areas of interventions advised by all stakeholders
Reinforcement of national institutions and mechanisms for better and stronger coordination in raising awareness and promoting disability rights that will remove bottlenecks enabling sustainable government interventions and allocation of budgets for disability,
Strengthened technical capacity of Statistics Indonesia to provide with improved disability data for more strategic policies concerning persons with disabilities.
The issues were addressed through the comparative advantages of the UN agencies in Indonesia including technical, thematic expertise, programmes and initiatives, and the UN’s overall mandate on normative and operational work on the country level.