A global partnership to tackle disability exclusion.
Inclusive Futures was a Consortium programme of 16 global partners, led by Sightsavers, focussing on advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities.
The project brought together a diverse range of NGOs and research centres with expertise in different areas.
Together we pooled our collective expertise and worked with disabled people’s organisations to create innovative solutions and remove key barriers that can prevent disabled people from accessing education, health care and work.
Inclusive Futures ran in seven countries, developing and delivering education, health, work, and stigma and discrimination programmes.
Our areas of focus
Within the Inclusive Futures programme, we supported on two of the key thematic focuses: work and education.
The 'work' programme helped make practical changes to the way companies train and hire people with disabilities, and to develop innovative ways to help people find a job.
The 'education' programme improved the lives of children with disabilities by ensuring accessible learning and education is available for all children.
How did the programme work?
What makes Inclusive Futures different?
• Scope and Scale: From global to local, over a six year period, Inclusive Futures brought together experts from 16 global organisations, disabled people's organisations and those with lived experiences across seven countries to create lasting change.
• Recognising challenges and successes: Inclusive Futures looked for robust evidence of what works. We piloted projects, analysed the results and were very open about the challenges and successes we faced along the way.
• Collaboration: We pooled our collective expertise to create innovative solutions to make this a reality.
• Lasting Change: Our goal was that people with disabilities will simply be able to access the same quality education, health and work opportunities as everyone else.
The barriers faced by persons with disabilities seeking employment are well-documented. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) are uniquely placed to help persons with disabilities build employment skills and confidence while also supporting policymakers and employers to create opportunities in inclusive working environments.
ADD International’s experience in Uganda and Bangladesh is showing how meaningful engagement with OPDs can make a real difference when it comes to making jobs and work more inclusive of persons with disabilities – and that OPDs can play this role most effectively when they have the right support and investment.
Read our latest insights here:
- Bridging the Gap - Organisations of Persons with Disabilities' role in making work more inclusive of persons with disabilities.
In Tanzania, we are working to create a quality, inclusive education for all children with disabilities.
Our current focus is on defining a standard model of basic inclusive pre-primary and primary education. We have completed a desk review of best practice and conducted participatory research to help inform a new model for Inclusive Education. Read our latest insights here:
Inclusive Futures is funded through UK Aid Connect, an FCDO funding initiative that awards grants to groups who create innovative solutions to complex development challenges to make real change. It demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to global leadership on inclusive development by ensuring people with disabilities are central to international development policy-making and programmes.
The partnership includes: Action on Disability and Development (ADD International) | BBC Media Action | Benetech | BRAC | Development Initiatives | Humanity & Inclusion | Inclusion International | The Institute of Development Studies | International Disability Alliance | Leonard Cheshire | Light for the World | Sense International | Sightsavers | Social Development Direct | Standard Chartered | Youth Career Initiative