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Inclusive Futures

The Inclusive Futures initiative aims to ensure all children and adults with a disability have the same likelihood as everyone else to access 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.

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The programme 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.

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How we’re working towards a more inclusive world

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Health

We’re working to make all health services accessible for people with disabilities. By collaborating with organisations of people with disabilities, we make sure authorities, service providers and health care facilities are inclusive.
Our approach to health

In Senegal, a boy wearing a bright blue top writes on a chalk board at his desk in the classroom.

Education

We work with families, schools and governments to make education inclusive for children with disabilities. We ensure pupils have access to assistive technology and anti-bullying support, and teachers are trained in social inclusion.
Our work in education

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

Work

We partner with disabled people’s organisations, research institutes, non-government organisations and employers to change the way companies train and hire people with disabilities, and we pioneer new ways to help them find work.
Our work programmes

Stigma and discrimination

We tackle negative stereotypes by training the media to produce content that challenges discriminatory attitudes about disability. We also gather evidence and research on discrimination to help governments improve social inclusion.
Our projects tackling stigma

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What does Inclusive Futures do?

  • We generate robust evidence of what works to enable people with disabilities to access quality education, health and work.
  • We develop partnerships between private, public and civil society to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • We offer training initiatives and internships to improve the skills of up to 2,000 people with disabilities, improving their chances of getting a job.
  • We strengthen the disability movement in each country to develop their knowledge and resources, so they can continue to advocate for and support people with disabilities.
  • We will make any evidence widely available so that workplaces, health and education systems and countries worldwide can be disability inclusive.
  • We increase 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 Inclusive Futures

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    Sightsavers and partners launch US$6 million inclusion and labour rights programme

    The Global Labor Program, part of the Inclusive Futures initiative, aims to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities and improve labour rights at two large Kenyan companies.

    March 2022
    Three people in protective clothing and masks stand outside conducting Covid research.
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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

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