Inclusive Futures

The Inclusive Futures initiative works to ensure all children and adults with a disability have the same likelihood as everyone else to access quality education, health and work opportunities.

A women with visual impairment working in a library in Kenya.

There are one billion people living with disabilities in the world, and more than three quarters of them live in low- and middle-income countries.

Currently, many of them are not able to access quality education, health or work without facing stigma and discrimination.

Sightsavers is working with 15 other international development organisations, disabled people’s organisations and country partners to ensure no one is left behind. We want the same opportunities to exist for everyone.

As part of the Inclusive Futures initiative, we asked jobseekers we’re working with in Kenya, and employees of private sector companies partnering with us in Nigeria, to tell us about their experiences of seeking employment as a person with a disability, and some of the barriers they’ve faced in establishing their careers. Watch the video below for a snapshot of what they told us.

Inclusive Futures brings together the expertise of 16 global development partners, people with disabilities, and the public and private sectors in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

Inclusive Futures

How we’re working towards a more inclusive world

A nurse standing in a hospital.


We’re working to make all health services accessible so people with disabilities can get access to the health care they need, when and where they need it.

Through collaboration with disabled people's organisations we’re making sure authorities and service providers are inclusive, buildings are accessible, medical staff are trained about disability inclusion and young people with disabilities know about sexual and reproductive health and their rights.

A blind schoolboy smiles alongside his classmates in Bangladesh.


Access to education for people with disabilities improves their skill development, provides an opportunity to form social networks and encourages greater social acceptance of disability.

That's why we're working to ensure children with disabilities not only attend school but have access to assistive technology, anti-bullying support, and teachers are trained in social inclusion and understand individuals’ needs.

A women with crutches sits next to computers in an office smiling.


We're helping to change the way companies train and hire people with disabilities and we’re developing innovative ways to help people with disabilities find a job.

Working directly with disabled people’s organisations, non-government organisations, research institutes and employers, the programme shows how people with disabilities can be included in the workplace on an equal basis and in an inclusive working environment.

Stigma and discrimination

We're gathering evidence and research on discrimination to support governments to increase action towards social inclusion. We're bringing together people from all parts of society and providing a platform to challenge assumptions and propose solutions to problems that affect their lives.

Our interventions will tackle negative messages by training the media to produce mass content which challenges discriminatory attitudes about disability.

Inclusive Futures:

  • Generates robust evidence of what works to enable people with disabilities to access quality education, health and work
  • Develops partnerships between private, public and civil society to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Offers training initiatives and internships to improve the skills of up to 2,000 people with disabilities, improving their chances of getting a job
  • Strengthens the disability movement in each country to develop their knowledge and resources, so they can continue to advocate for and support people with disabilities
  • Will make any evidence widely available so that workplaces, health and education systems and countries worldwide can be disability inclusive
  • Increases international action and investment in disability inclusion


UK Aid logo.Inclusive Futures is funded by UK aid. It demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to global leadership on inclusive development by ensuring people with disabilities are central to international development policymaking and programmes.

Our partners

  • ADD International
  • BBC Media Action
  • Benetech
  • BRAC
  • Development Initiatives
  • Humanity & Inclusion
  • Inclusion International
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • International Disability Alliance
  • Leonard Cheshire
  • Light for the World
  • Sense International
  • Sightsavers
  • Social Development Direct
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Stories from the initiative

    Three people in protective clothing and masks stand outside conducting Covid research.

    Research shows ‘shocking’ exclusion of people with disabilities during pandemic

    The research, part of the Inclusive Futures initiative, found many people with disabilities were unable to get help with food, medicine and other relief efforts.

    September 2021
    A photograph Rasak Adekoya taken in a Sightsavers office

    Sightsavers Nigeria’s Rasak Adekoya becomes One Young World ambassador

    Rasak was selected for his work tackling the barriers faced by people with disabilities as part of the Inclusion Works programme in Nigeria.

    August 2021
    A man smiling.
    Sightsavers Reports

    Collins' story

    Disability activist Collins Ombajo shares his personal story, his work in advocacy and what drives him to be involved in the Inclusive Futures programme.

    A man talking into a microphone.
    Sightsavers from the field

    Tackling disability discrimination with BBC Media Action

    In Bangladesh, we caught up with BBC Media Action to find out how they’re training journalists to improve how people with disabilities are portrayed in the media, and tackle negative stereotyping and perceptions.

    June 2020
    A man and women sat on a motorbike.
    Sightsavers from the field

    Mapping via motorbike

    This husband and wife team are helping us locate and support people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

    May 2020
    two women sit behind a computer, laughing.
    Sightsavers blog

    Celebrating the value of employees with disabilities

    Rasak Adekoya shares his career story, tells us about his role helping people with disabilities secure good jobs, and what it’s like leading a film shoot as a blind person.

    Sightsavers, March 2020

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