Regional Head of Programs, Asia
Dwi Ariyani is the Regional Head of Programs – Asia for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. She works closely with the Program Director and oversees our grantmaking in Indonesia, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Previously, she was the Program Officer for Indonesia for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. She works closely with the program team and serves as a liaison between the Funds and grantees in Indonesia. Dwi has ten years of experience working in Indonesia on disability rights and movement building, especially around the areas of economic empowerment and disaster risk reduction. She has worked with grassroots and national disabled persons organizations to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as providing capacity development aid to DPOs.
As the Inclusion Programme Advisor and Deputy Project Manager Disability Rights Project for Handicap International-Indonesia, Dwi gained on-the-ground experience in conducting field surveys, focus groups, and assessments to collect data for evidence-based research for the rights of persons with disabilities. This research was used to advocate for better laws and to produce and advocacy handbook for DPOs and community based organizations. She also coordinated awareness raising campaigns with DPO partners in ten provinces to advocate to local and provincial authorities and education service providers. With InterAksi, a DPO in Central Java, Dwi worked in an earthquake affected area to establish an inclusive children’s center to provide psychosocial support to children with disabilities and to promote access to relief services by humanitarian NGOs working in disaster relief. As a woman with a disability, Dwi has also advocated for the empowerment of women with disabilities. With a diploma in computer technology, she wrote articles for an accessible news website for blind people.