Nic Hailey launches new DfID funded Leonard Cheshire disability inclusion programme for Kenya

Nic Hailey at the launch of the Innovating Pathways for Employment Inclusion (IPEI) programme. Photo: Twitter/PlanKenya

Yesterday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was on hand to launch Leonard Cheshire’s new £9.6m UKAid programme.

The Innovating Pathways for Employment Inclusion (IPEI) programme aims to ensure employment opportunities in the private sector are inclusive and accessible for all people with disabilities in Kenya.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Hailey said: “”Companies need to meaningfully include and harness the talent of persons with disability. Through the launch of this project, I’m hopeful and positive that inclusivity and employ-ability of persons with disability will be achieved.”

Funded by the Department for International Department (DFID), IPEI is a 44-month programme  (including an 8-month co-creation period) and the Leonard Cheshire led consortium brings together a diverse and complimentary group of northern and southern actors including CBM, Plan International UK (Plan), Action Network for the Disabled Kenya (ANDY), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The implementing partners will be advised by international experts from Accenture, World Bank, The Nippon Foundation and Benetech.

During the co-creation phase, which runs from August 2018-March 2019, IPEI will hold in-depth consultations in country with stakeholders, such as businesses, civil society and persons with disabilities.

Tweeting after the launch, Mr Hailey said: “Harnessing the talents of everyone is the right thing to do and makes sense for business too.”

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