Inclusion Works

The Inclusion Works programme is testing innovative ways to improve economic empowerment and inclusion for people with disabilities, enabling them to find employment and earn a living.

Launched in June 2019, Inclusion Works runs in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda.

Funded by UK aid, the three-year programme aims to generate evidence about how we can make it easier for people with disabilities to find formal employment.

By working closely with disabled people’s organisations, employers and national governments, the programme will ensure that people with disabilities are not left out.

There are a billion people with disabilities worldwide, 800 million of whom live in low- and middle-income countries, yet they are under-represented the workforce. Sightsavers, with 10 partners, is challenging this by working with private-sector employers to change attitudes and standards around disability inclusion.

When people with disabilities have access to skills training and paid work, and are economically empowered, it not only benefits them, but also their families and wider society, both economically and culturally.

How does the programme work?

A people-first approach

Inclusion Works follows the principles and values of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). People with disabilities are at the heart of our approach, and we work closely with local partners to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met.

Working in partnership

The programme works directly with disabled people’s organisations, non-government organisations, research institutes and employers to show how people with disabilities can be included in the workplace on an equal basis. The focus is on both private and public-sector employers.

Practical, efficient training

Inclusion Works helps to make practical changes to the way companies train and hire people with disabilities. It develops innovative ways to train people and help them find a job. All our work is underpinned by high-quality data and research, to find cost-effective, efficient approaches.

The Inclusion Works programme is a part of the Inclusive Futures initiative, ensuring people with disabilities are able to represent themselves and make their own decisions. The brand covers the Inclusion Works and Disability Inclusive Development programmes, both of which are led by Sightsavers, funded by UK aid and of which IDS is a partner.


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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

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Caroline Martin

Project Manager

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Ed Small

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

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Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

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Stephen Thompson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Vivienne Benson

Communications Officer

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