Disability leadership in Indonesia

Elisabeth Jackson, Ekawati Liu, Erin Wilson, Sen Sendjaya, Yuyun Yuningsih, Cucu Saidah, Joni Yulianto, Ishak Salim, Robandi, Nur Syarif Ramadhan, Panji Surya Putra Sahetapy

Busy streets in Indonesia, navigating barriers and obstacles. Photo credit Fikri Rasyid, Unsplash
Image: Busy streets in Indonesia, navigating barriers and obstacles. Photo credit Fikri Rasyid, Unsplash

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

How people with disabilities can be supported to lead development and change.

  • How has leadership of people with disabilities shaped local processes of change and development?
  • What individual and broader social factors enable or constrain the ability of people with disabilities to be effective leaders in their communities?
  • What interventions support people with disabilities to take on leadership roles or other positions of influence?

WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN

What is enabling or constraining the ability of people with disabilities to be effective leaders. Practical guidance on how a variety of local and international actors can support people with disabilities to play an active role in development.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

People with disabilities (PWDs) and the affiliating organisations can be effective principal drivers of inclusive societal change, if they are provided with training and opportunities to exercise genuine (as opposed to tokenistic) leadership. However, people with disability are grossly underrepresented in formal leadership roles, and face a range of structural and individual barriers.

This research aims to generate in-depth understanding of the processes and dynamics of disability leadership in Indonesia and how it contributes to societal change. It will identify factors that support or constrain PWDs from becoming effective leaders. Drawing from the inclusive and community-oriented framework of servant leadership, it will develop evidence-based leadership interventions to empower and develop PWDs into effective leaders.

We want to look at the lived realities of leaders with disability so we can understand what things support them to lead change in their communities. We want to use our research findings to guide civil society organisations, governments and international donors to better support people with disability to play an active and central role in development.

Ekawati Liu, Principal Investigator

WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE

Elisabeth Jackson, La Trobe University
Ekawati Liu, Deakin University
Erin Wilson, Swinburne University of Technology
Sen Sendjaya, Swinburne University of Technology
Yuyun Yuningsih, Bandung Independent Living Centre
Cucu Saidah
Joni Yulianto
Ishak Salim
Robandi
Nur Syarif Ramadhan
Panji Surya Putra Sahetapy

COUNTRY

Indonesia

Map to highlight research country, Indonesia

TIMELINE

November 2020 - February 2022

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Authors


Elisabeth Jackson

Elisabeth Jackson

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University

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Ekawati Liu

Ekawati Liu

PhD Candidate, Deakin University

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Erin Wilson

Professor and Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation at Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University

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Sen Sendjaya

Sen Sendjaya

Professor of Leadership, Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University

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Yuyun Yuningsih

Yuyun Yuningsih

Director, Bandung Independent Living Centre

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Cucu Saidah

Cucu Saidah

Co-founder, Bandung Independent Living Centre and Jakarta Barrier Free Tourism

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Joni Yulianto

Joni Yulianto

Founder, Institute for Inclusion and Advocacy of Persons with Disabilities (SIGAB)

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Ishak Salim

Ishak Salim

Co-founder, Indonesian Diffability Movement for Equality (PerDIK) and Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Universitas Teknologi Sulawesi

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Robandi

Robandi

Researcher

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Nur Syarif Ramadhan

Nur Syarif Ramadhan

Researcher

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Panji Surya Putra Sahetapy

Panji Surya Putra Sahetapy

Research Assistant

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