DPOs were mushrooming in the country but finding a common identity was a problem as the DPOs were focusing on specific disabilities. There was therefore need for a break from the traditional DPOs and have an organization that could provide leadership in the process of developing disability inclusion laws, an expert that could advise government on key issues regarding disability (in a professional manner and not necessarily through activism). In many ways the disability movement was inward looking and there was need to begin to look outward and engage with partners in the wider environment.
Moreover the major donors in the disability area were getting tired of business as usual (supporting the same DPOs doing the same kind of things) and needed to do things differently.