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Dwi Ariyani

Regional Head of Programs-Asia, Disability Rights Fund/Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
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Dwi Ariyani is the Regional Head of Programs-Asia for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. Dwi is a disability rights activist. Dwi has worked for over twenty years in Indonesia on disability rights and movement building. She has worked with grassroots and national organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to promote persons with disabilities rights and provide technical assistance for OPDs and work with them to achieve their advocacy agenda through; legislation reform and budgetary advocacy, build a bridge across the movement. As a woman with a disability herself, Dwi has also advocated for the empowerment of women with disabilities and ensures that women with disabilities are heard in every decision-making process that affects women's lives. She received the 2020 Women of Distinction Award- NGO CSW New York (

What do you foresee as the most important development in international grantmaking in the next 5 years?

Listening to grassroots voices and supporting community-led dialogue. ShiftThePower: Participatory grantmaking puts decision-making in the hands of people with lived experience, addressing systemic inequities while strengthening impact.

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