In 2021, the CBM Global Inclusion Advisory Group, with funding from UNFPA Asia Pacific, began a project on strengthening disability data advocacy in the Asia Pacific region.
The project aims to build resources, awareness and capacity around disability data with key stakeholders, including Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), national statistics offices, donors, related UN entities and others, drawing from experiences and resources in the Asia Pacific region. The information collected and experiences gained during this project will act as a foundation for expanding disability data literacy training and future advocacy in the region and more broadly.
The UNFPA Asia Pacific Region has seen varied engagement, investment and approaches around disability data and related advocacy. To date there is no clear cross-regional analysis of the inclusion of disability data in census and large-scale household surveys.
OPDs must play a meaningful role in data collection, analysis and use. There is a need to strengthen the capacity of OPDs in understanding and using disability data to help develop and shape investments in evidence-based policies and programs.
Leveraging resources like the recently released Disability Data Advocacy Toolkit is a timely opportunity to examine disability data and build OPD capacity in data advocacy, policies and programmes in the future.
A regional report on the Status of Disability Data in the Asia Pacific will be produced. Evidence for this will be drawn from two key sources: (i) A review and analysis of recent disability data across the UNFPA Asia Pacific Region, summarising the availability and quality of available data against some key indicators, and making recommendations for ways forward; and (ii) Persons with disabilities from the region will share their experiences of the implications of disability data processes and outcomes for their lives, through a narrative enquiry.
Objective 2: Develop and test virtual ODP disability data advocacy workshops
A virtual disability data advocacy workshop will be developed and piloted for national OPDs to build capacity in understanding and utilising disability data and data advocacy resources. Workshop sessions and facilitator guidance will be developed and tested in partnership with persons with disabilities and formatted to allow flexible delivery, and then piloted in three countries – Samoa, Nepal and Indonesia (TBC).
Objective 3: Communications resources and plan
A communications plan and accessible communications package will be developed to share the project findings and advocate for the importance of disability data for all stakeholders. This will include producing content, in the form of a series of publicly available resources, prioritised by the regional disability movement and other key stakeholders.