More UK funding announced for disability-inclusive employment initiatives

July 2018
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UK Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt has announced funding for programmes aimed at addressing disability inclusion in developing countries.

At the Department for International Development’s Global Disability Summit, it was confirmed that Sightsavers will lead a consortium of organisations to deliver a £13 million UK Aid Connect programme in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria to support people with disabilities to find work.

The Secretary of State also announced details of a six-year inclusive development programme, led by Sightsavers, to find ways to help 100,000 people with disabilities to access health services, enable 10,000 children with disabilities to go to school, and help up to 45,000 people with disabilities to increase their income.

Sightsavers Director of Policy and Programme Strategy Dominic Haslam said: “The UK Aid Connect funding will allow us to look at larger-scale impact. We look forward to seeing people with disabilities being able to use their skills, take up opportunities and being given a chance to play a full part in the social, economic and political development of their communities.”

The UK Aid Connect consortium includes Sightsavers, the International Disability Alliance, ADD International, the Institute of Development Studies and programme partners: Standard Chartered Bank, Youth Career Initiative, BBC Media Action, Development Initiatives, Benetech and Humanity and Inclusion UK.

Haslam also welcomed the announcement that Sightsavers will lead a consortium of partners to deliver an inclusive development programme. “People with disabilities in low and middle income countries are some of the most marginalised people in the world, as they face multiple barriers to quality health care, education and employment,” he said. “This has been a neglected area in development policy and there is a real need to develop a sound evidence base of what works to ensure people with disabilities are included in development programmes. This new funding provides a huge opportunity to develop, test and share new approaches to achieve inclusion across all these areas of life.”

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The Global Disability Summit 2018

On 24 July DFID co-hosted a global disability summit in London. It aimed to celebrate the achievements and rights of people with disabilities.

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The programme, also funded by UK aid, will be developed by a consortium of partners, including Sightsavers, the International Disability Alliance, ADD International, BBC Media Action, BRAC, the Institute of Development Studies, Humanity & Inclusion, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Light for the World, Sense International and Social Development Direct.

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