In Kenya, we’re working with our country partners to make education and work inclusive of people with disabilities.

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Inclusive Futures in Kenya

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How we're making a difference

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Country partner spotlight: United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK)

UDPK is one of our Kenyan partners and is the umbrella body for organisations of people with disabilities in the country. The organisation advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in all spheres of life and is committed to ensuring that they share an equal platform across all sectors of development.

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News: new programme launched

The USAID-funded Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures aims to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly women, and improve labour rights at the Kenyan companies of global drinks brands Coca-Cola and Diageo.
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Edwin Osundwa

“I’m so excited all our organisations are coming together.”

Edwin Osundwa, director of Sense International, Kenya
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Projects in Kenya

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Improving inclusion and labour rights

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: USAID

The Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures aims to build the skills of jobseekers, workers, unions, employers and government to achieve inclusive and decent work opportunities.

We’re working with suppliers and distributors of large agriculture and retail businesses to become inclusive of people with disabilities and improve protection of labour rights for all workers and producers.

What we achieve will be used to demonstrate to industries and governments how a focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities strengthens labour rights for everyone.

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COVID-19: Supporting small businesses

Project lead partner: Light for the World
Funder: UK Aid

People with disabilities who run microenterprises in Kenya face increased exclusion due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions on movement and livelihoods.

This project supports them with micro-grants and training on best practice and innovation. It pilots inclusive business models and works with the private sector and government to encourage a disability-inclusive approach to supporting small businesses.

The project is also collecting data on the impacts of COVID-19 and generating learnings on the resilience of people with disabilities' microenterprises during economic shocks.

Sylvia Amagove, Visually impaired and member of NAVI at Kenya National Library in Nairobi.

Working with employers and jobseekers

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

We are working with our Kenyan partners to promote job opportunities and generate evidence about how to make it easier for people with disabilities to find formal employment.

Banking and agriculture are our main sectors in Kenya. We’re piloting innovative solutions to support long-term job prospects through a number of different projects, including mentorship and soft skills training.

Working with businesses and employers, we’re identifying young people in various technical and entrepreneurial areas and attaching them to more established firms for in-job training.

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Supporting small business owners

Project lead partner: Light for the World
Funder: UK Aid

We’re supporting people with disabilities who are self-employed to scale up their local businesses –stimulating growth and creating jobs.

With the support of local organisations of people with disabilities (OPDs), we have identified a number of small businesses and commercial enterprises, and are linking them up with local, accessible, relevant and affordable business development support services.

Job seekers with disabilities take part in a research session at Pallet Caffe in Nairobi as part of the “Inclusive futures initiative” project.

Education: early childhood development

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

In Kakuma Refugee Camp and Homa Bay County, we’re working with schools and partners to identify affordable and appropriate inclusive early childhood development education practices.

By collaborating, we’re able to combine our skills and expertise to ensure that girls and boys with disabilities benefit from early entry to schools.

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Disability inclusive assessment tools

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

We are working with the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development, OPDs and a range of national representatives to take a fresh look at assessment in schools.

The new tools we are developing will help guide discussions between parents and teachers of children with disabilities as they are supported in mainstream schools near their homes.