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The Right to Work

Shamim, disability activist Bangladesh

The right to work.

Everyone has the right to make the best of the life they are born into. For most of us that means getting a job and earning a living so we can live independently and support our families.

800 million people are living in extreme poverty.

Disabled people are disproportionately represented among the poorest members of society. Disabled people face huge social and physical barriers which prevent them from earning a living. As well as being a great injustice, this represents a huge pool of unrealised human potential.

Denying disabled people work opportunities leaves us always in an inequitable world.

The barriers blocking disabled people from work opportunities must be dismantled.

Empowering disability activists

We partner with organisations of disability activists to help disabled people access the tools, skills and resources they need to earn a living, such as micro-loans, skills training and business start-up money.

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Disability activists meet in a village in Bangladesh

Inclusion Works.

We are collaborating with 11 global partners to pioneer a new way of working to achieve employment for disabled people living in poverty.


Kim Doe, Cambodia

Kim Doe, Cambodia

Kim Doe spent years secluded in her house, ashamed to leave because of her disability. A visit from local activists, brought her out of her home and set on her a path to freedom.

A female wheelchair user outside her house

A path out of poverty.

Disability activists in Cambodia told us they urgently wanted to help lift disabled women out of poverty. Discover what we did to make real change.

Three male activists standing smiling to camera
Three male activists standing smiling to camera

Dick, Disability Activist, Uganda.

“We speak to employers to make sure they have a positive attitude to disability. Sometimes they won’t see the capability or knowledge someone has. They think disabled people are difficult and expensive to have as employees. So, they are not given equal opportunity to compete at the interview”

A Cambodian farmer in her field

Lessons from our work.

Read the learnings from our 9-month study, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, that looked at how market-based approaches can work for disabled women in Uganda to help lift them out of poverty.

Let's build movements together.

Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.