Project Objectives/ Expected project outcomes
The expected project outcomes are:-
- Well coordinated governance structure and policy environment that supports economic inclusion of persons with disabilities in Uganda.
- Mainstream livelihood organizations, public and private sector organizations have become more disability inclusive in their practices
- Capacity and leadership among youth with different types of impairments to promote and sustain disability inclusive practices among public, private and development sectors
- Persons with disabilities have enhanced access to livelihood or job opportunities, soft skills and professional training
Brief Project background including achievements
Make 12.4% Work is an initiative driven by Persons with disabilities and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Uganda to generate commitment and action from livelihood actors across government, private sector and civil society in Uganda. Make 12.4% Work has proven to be the right solution at the right time, and from the moment the Initiative was launched in May 2018, it has been able to attract 25 members that have signed up and another 15 members have shown their interest.
The key outcomes of the project are: –
- There was an increased in number of employers being sensitized on disability inclusion. The project was able to support FUE to raise awareness among the 89 members in the four regional trainings in Jinja, Mbale, Lira and Mbarara cities. A mini assessment reveals that companies are employing persons with disabilities as business trainers, staff and beneficiaries and this provides a good benchmark for Disability Inclusion Facilitators to follow up provide in service training to employers.
- Through the steering committee on Make 12.4% work, both the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and Ministry of Public Service have continued to consult NUDIPU to provide technical support in review of policy drafts to comply with the available legislation on employment of persons with disabilities.
- Engagement meetings with District services commissions has enabled the commissioners to know about the existence and purpose of disability inclusion facilitators. Majority of the DSCs have not met the DIFs, so the project provided an effective linkage for DIFs to work with the DSC Secretaries to further the agenda of inclusion.
- Strategic partners like the Federation of Uganda Employers, National Organisation of Trade Unions, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Equal Opportunities Commission’s awareness and capacity on disability inclusion is gaining momentum. As a result, they have continued to share their inclusive interventions through the task force quarterly meetings on inclusive employment.
- Currently, the Employment Act 2006 is under review by the MGLSD, concern related to affirmative action, provision of a quota system and reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities were emphasized in the amendment proposals.
- Through our engagement with the Ministry of Public Service, a model accessibility ramp was constructed to serve as a good practice to other Ministers, departments and agencies of engorgement to replicate in order to promote accessible work places.