Yesterday, British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, hosted Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Ukur Yatani, along with representatives from part UK owned Safaricom, KCB Group, M-Kopa Solar, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, along with others for the first meeting of private sector partnership on disability which was launched at the recent DisabilitySummit in London.
July’s Summit, co-hosted by the UK and Kenya, was attended by approximately 1200 delegates from around the world. It raised global attention and focus on this long-neglected area, mobilised new global and national commitments and showcased good practice, innovation and evidence from around the world.
The Global Disability Summit resulted in 170 sets of ambitious commitments, and over 320 organisations and governments signed up to the Summit’s Charter for Change – an action plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Among the most significant pledges made were commitments to pass transformative new laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities, as well as assurances to help those affected by humanitarian crises. There were also commitments to help millions of persons with disabilities access affordable assistive technology.
Among the key messages from the fourth plenary session of the conference which looked at harnessing technology and innovation, was the Kenyan government’s commitment to establish an AT Hub to promote research and innovation; develop inclusive training in entrepreneurial and digital skills; and to ensure that people with disabilities are central to decision making.
Commenting after yesterday’s meeting, Mr Hailey said it was “Inspiring to hear what Kenyan companies are doing to recruit and empower people with disabilities.”