The UK Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development, Matthew Rycroft CBE, arrived in Kenya on Wednesday.
He kicked off his visit by meeting some of those working towards greater disability inclusion in Kenya, following the Global Disability Summit earlier this year.
On Monday, to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the DfID published its first strategy for disability inclusive development.
The five-year plan is intended to “mainstream disability inclusion in everything DfID does”, both for the charities and other bodies funded through UK aid spending, and in the department itself. It requires its delivery partners, both organisations based in specific countries and larger multinational providers, “to demonstrate their technical understanding of, and commitment to, disability inclusion”
Commenting on the meeting, Mr Rycroft said: “Stigma is a major barrier and UKaid is committed to working with Govermnet of Kenya to help end this inequality.”
Yesterday, accompanied by DfID Country Director Sarah Montgomery, the Permanent Secretary visited Turkana County where he met Governor Josphat Nanok and other county leaders. Discussions focused on the UK’s wide-ranging and close partnership with the county and how the two can continue to work together to support the most vulnerable.
Commenting through his Twitter account, Mr Rycroft thanked his hosts for their warm welcome and said they had had “insightful discussions on governance and the challenges facing local communities. He added that UKaid is supporting those most in need in the region and building capacity.