APT Action on Poverty

Disabled People Earn their Independence

Rejected from society, it is estimated that 20% of the world’s poorest are disabled. This project will strengthen the capacity of 42 African and Asian organisations to help disabled people earn a living – to become independent and restore their dignity.

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



In many African countries the exclusion of disabled people from society, the fear and igorance associated with the causes of disability, leaves them and their families facing long term chronic poverty. The project will strengthen the capacity of 42 organisations in 5 developing countries to be more inclusive of disabled people in their ongoing livelihood programmes, improving their approach towards and increasing their outreach to over 6000 disabled people. APT and two of our partners (in Uganda and Sri Lanka) have acquired expertise in this area through previous project work. Together we will first strengthen 12 organisations, including their capacity to train others. All these organisations will then be supported to build the capacity of 2 to 3 other organisations (ranging from CBOs to larger National organisations) with which they work. Advice and support will be given on a range of practical techniques and approaches that have proved effective, including: enterprise based training, promoting visible role models, adaptation of tools and workplaces, and techniques for overcoming discrimination amongst families, communities, decision makers and disabled people themselves. Disabled people in successful micro business have valued the respect they gain as much as the income, and have helped to change the attitudes of a whole range of people. Over the next 4 years, an estimated 6,000 disabled people will be providing for themselves, contributing to local economies and included in communities, and a further 18,000 will benefit indirectly through increased awareness and more effective advocacy and support. The total project will cost £147,798.