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Inclusion Works

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Inclusion Works.

We are collaborating with 11 global partners to pioneer a new way of working to achieve employment for disabled people living in poverty.

A global partnership to tackle economic exclusion.

Inclusion Works is a Consortium programme of 11 global partners, led by Sightsavers, focussing on the economic empowerment of people with disabilities. The project brings together a diverse range of NGOs and research centres with expertise in different areas. Together we utilise our collective specialisms to find solutions to the economic exclusion of disabled people.

Inclusion Works runs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda where we will be testing innovative ways to improve economic empowerment and inclusion for people with disabilities, enabling them to find employment and earn a living.

Tackling Poverty.

Disabled people living in poverty are among the most stigmatised and marginalised people on earth. They often live in isolation and are excluded from their communities, from the education system and from the job market.

By working closely with disabled people’s organisations, employers and national governments, this programme will ensure that people with disabilities are not left out.

When people with disabilities have access to skills training and paid work, and are economically empowered, it not only benefits them, but also their families and wider society, both economically and culturally.

How does the programme work?

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A people first approach.

People with disabilities are at the heart of our approach, and we aim to ensure their voices are heard.

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Working in partnership.

Working with disability activists, NGOs, research institutes and employers to show how people with disabilities can be included in the workplace.

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Practical, efficient training.

We aim to make practical changes to the way companies train and hire people with disabilities, underpinned by high-quality research.

What does the programme aim to achieve?

To generate robust evidence of what works to enable people with disabilities to find inclusive employment

To develop partnerships between private, public and civil society to influence the inclusion of people with disabilities in formal employment

• To work with 180 employers to test new UNCRPD-compliant practices

• To offer training initiatives and internships to improve the skills of up to 2,000 people with disabilities, emphasising skills relevant to formal employment

• To help disability movements in each of the countries to develop their own knowledge and resources, so they can continue the work once the programme ends

• For evidence we produce to be scaled up to workplaces and countries worldwide

• To increase international action and investment in disability inclusion.

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On this project, we will be partnering with Sightsavers, International Disability Alliance, The Institute of Development Studies, BBC Media Action, Benetech, Development Initiatives, Humanity & Inclusion, Standard Chartered, Inclusion International and Youth Career Initiative.

Inclusion Works is funded through UK Aid Connect, a DFID funding initiative that awards grants to groups who create innovative solutions to complex development challenges to make real change. It demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to global leadership on inclusive development by ensuring people with disabilities are central to international development policy-making and programmes.