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i2i: Helping people with disabilities into employment

Country: Bangladesh and Kenya
Category: Education for all

People with disabilities in developing countries often find it difficult to earn a living because they can’t access education or training and face stigma and discrimination from employers.

CBM is part of a consortium, led by Leonard Cheshire Disability, delivering the Innovation to Inclusion programme to help 10,000 women and men to access employment in Kenya and Bangladesh.

As part of the programme, we will:

  • Train people with disabilities in vital job skills.
  • Work with employers so that they understand the value employees with disabilities can bring to their organisation and how to include them.
  • Run events and social media campaigns to highlight the contribution people with disabilities can make.
  • Support Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to campaign for change.
  • Improve available disability and employment data to help shape future government policy and action.

The programme will trial new and innovative approaches and technologies, which can then be rolled out globally, such as an online training portal which will provide improved access to information, peer support and job-matching.

CBM is working with local organisations for people with disabilities, the Association for the Physically Disabled Kenya (APDK) in Kenya and the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) in Bangladesh, to implement services.

This project was funded with UK aid from the UK government.

i2i logo  UK Aid logo

Leonard Cheshire, Action Network for the Disabled Kenya, Bangladesh Business and Disability Network, CBM, European Disability Forum, Global Disability Innovation Hub, International Labour Organization, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Plan International and World Bank.

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