Work

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Our ‘work’ programme is helping to make practical changes to the way companies train and hire people with disabilities, and to develop innovative ways to help people find a job.

Our approach

Harnessing the power of the private sector

We seek to harness the power of the private sector to act as an agent for change and understand how value chains and mechanisms can be influenced, at different levels, for greater disability inclusion in the formal and informal employment sectors.

Replicating effective approaches

We are focusing on innovative and effective approaches to support people with disabilities that can be replicated within the international disability development sector.

Building the disability confidence of employers

We’re working with employers to help build  competency and confidence in the attraction, recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.

Training job seekers

We’re working with job seekers to build confidence and skills to fulfill their employment aspirations.

How we are working

  • Within each country, we focus on specific industries with contrasting characteristics and contexts to help us create ideal inclusive formal employment pathways for specific sectors. We hope to develop inclusive work models that can be replicated elsewhere.
  • We are identifying new partnerships, developing relationships and widening engagement with private and public sector partners. Since the programme began in 2018, we have established partnerships with over 20 employers.
  • We are working with job seekers with disabilities and devising ongoing programmes to support their job-readiness, specifically where there are clear work opportunities in their locality.
  • We are supporting small-scale business owners with disabilities, to link in with local or global markets.

Where we are working

  • Kenya: Finance and banking, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, mobile telecoms, fast-moving consumer goods
  • Bangladesh: Garments (including textiles), fast-moving consumer goods, finance and banking
  • Uganda: Food and beverage, Finance and banking
  • Nigeria: Professional services, fast-moving consumer goods
  • Nepal: Agriculture

Our work on COVID-19

Find out our work in Nigeria, and how we are adapting our work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 in Nigeria

Spotlight

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Our people

Rasak Adekoya shares his own career story, and discusses what it’s like leading a film shoot as a blind person.

A medic in protective overalls, mask and gloves takes the blood pressure of a woman in Bangladesh.

Post COVID-19 business recovery

In Depth look at the challenges facing jobseekers with disabilities post COVID-19.