In 2019 we launched employment projects in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda to promote job opportunities and generate evidence about how we can make it easier for people with disabilities to find formal employment.
By working closely with people with disabilities, their representative organisations, employers and national governments in each country, the programme ensures that people with disabilities are not left out.
There are a billion people with disabilities worldwide, 800 million of whom live in low and middle income countries, yet they are under-represented in the workforce. Sightsavers, with 10 of our 16 Inclusive Futures partners, is challenging this by working with private-sector employers to change attitudes and standards around disability inclusion.
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.