Background and general project informationDecent work is the ILO's primary goal for everyone, including persons with disabilities. The ILO has worked for over 50 years to promote skills development and employment opportunities for people with disabilities based on the principles of equal opportunity, equal treatment, mainstreaming into vocational rehabilitation.
In 2011, six UN agencies (ILO, WHO, UNDP, OHCHR, UNICEF, and UNDESA) established the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) – a multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) to support collaboration between UN agencies in country-level programmes to promote the rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The goal of the UNPRPD is to develop the capacities of national stakeholders, particularly governments and organizations of persons with disabilities, for the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). One of the first implementing countries of the UNPRPD is Indonesia. The programme has also promoted the inclusion of persons with disabilities alongside non-disabled people in programmes and services relating to employment promotion and economic and social development.
With the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2011 by the Indonesian government, in which it was adopted into The Act of The Republic of Indonesia No. 19/2011, the new national law on Persons with Disabilities was recently enacted under National Law No. 8/2016. The current law substitutes the former law on Handicapped People under National Law No. 4/1997. The most salient element of the law is how it sees the rights of persons with disabilities as inseparable from the equal rights of all members of the human family as defined in the UNCRPD.