Zero Project 2021/2022
There is no universal dataset regarding persons with disabilities in Indonesia, with figures varying across ministries and agencies – making it a challenging task for the policymakers to make use of it for policy design. As a result, vulnerable groups are left behind in the city-making process and missing opportunities to live well in cities. Our participatory methodology which maximizes the use of real-time, app-based technology with geotagging has proven successful in fostering closer links among city stakeholders. In Surakarta, the practice documented a total of 1,167 persons with disabilities. While in Banjarmasin, the practice documented 3,897 persons with disabilities living in 1,657 blocks. The number was almost twice as much as that from the official government data. The practice helped mobilize the skills and expertise of disabled people’s organizations and persons with disabilities. Fine-grained data and information from the practice have also been essential in designing effective disability-inclusive policies during crises. Banjarmasin’s Department of Social Affairs used our participatory data to cross-checked the georeferenced disability data in delivering relief aid to people with disabilities in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent floodings in Banjarmasin in January 2021. The initiative examined participatory approaches to data collection as a way to gather more granular accessible information about the condition and the degree of inclusion of people with disabilities in the urban policy-making process. It was conducted as a collaboration between Kota Kita and UNESCO and supported by the City Government of Banjarmasin and local civil society organizations.