By Jazz Shaban, Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Engagement Manager, Leonard Cheshire

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A man in a green shirt talks while a man in a blue shirt writes on a white board.
Economic strengthening officer Ken Osika teaches business and life skills for deaf people at Kayole, Nairobi. The training is facilitated by Deaf Empowerment Kenya, a DPO involved in the UK Aid Connect Innovation 2 Inclusion (i2i) programme.

Organisations and legislation often use the phrase ‘meaningful engagement’ when referring to involving specific groups in delivering or monitoring activities. But what does it mean to meaningfully engage disabled people for the work and activities of Leonard Cheshire?

I have been Leonard Cheshire’s Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Engagement Manager since July 2019. The main focus of my work has been to develop mechanisms that enable disabled people, and the organisations that represent them, to meaningfully participate in influencing and decision-making processes, particularly on issues that affect them. …

This year as the world embarks on a Decade of Action to achieve the Agenda2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), citizen-generated data (CGD) initiatives led by young people, persons with disabilities and civil rights defenders are more important than ever. The COVID-19 crisis has placed a spotlight on the inequalities deeply rooted in our societies and the challenges faced by governments to respond to the needs and rights of their communities, particularly the most marginalised and excluded who have been worst affected by this pandemic.

As the world recovers and rebuilds, citizen-led data and inclusive partnerships with government and institutional…

Kibe Yohana, Researcher and Disability Rights Advocate

Kibe Yohana, Researcher and Disability Rights Advocate, explores the benefits of accessible global disability data.

The World Bank estimates that 15 percent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. A majority of them live in developing countries where their exclusion level is higher comparative to those who live in developed countries. As such, a more concerted effort needs to be put in place by the various stakeholders to ensure that the needs of persons with disabilities from developing countries are addressed.

The previous paragraph shows an example of a pitch that can be used by a disability…

Sophie Morgan visiting an Education and Resource Centre in Kisumu, Kenya, a key part of the DFID funded Girl’s Education Challenge


Disability rights campaigner, TV presenter and Leonard Cheshire ambassador Sophie Morgan reflects on the progress made since the UK’s first Global Disability Summit.

Two years ago today, I presented the UK’s first Global Disability Summit.

The event in London brought together more than 1000 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, charities, and organisations of persons with disabilities.

Complete with an optimistic hashtag #nowisthetime and a Charter for Change (signed by over 300 governments and organisations) it offered a platform for progress, with the UK government pivotal in ongoing disability development.

Dr Mark Carew, Senior Researcher at Leonard Cheshire, explores the importance of quality data collection in assessing the impact of coronavirus on the disabled community.

Globally, things are not business as usual. Coronavirus has changed the way society and all of its institutions function, particularly amidst quarantine and lockdown rules that require people to stay at home in order to protect themselves — and others — against the disease. At the time of writing (mid-May), some of the worst affected countries within Europe are cautiously taking the first steps in lifting lockdown restrictions. Or at least raising this as a…

The Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) programme is exploring ways to improve data on disability, writes Amyn Lalji, research operations manager for pan disability charity Leonard Cheshire.

High quality data is essential in bringing about more effective employment and social protection policies for people with disabilities.

Leonard Cheshire and the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently reviewed the availability of employment and social protection data on people with disabilities in target countries Kenya and Bangladesh as part of designing the i2i programme

As researchers, we used a document review, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to examine…

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