Leonard Cheshire’s i2i programme publishes new learning and stories of change

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5 Jul 2021

The “Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)” programme is releasing regular updates this year, with its latest learning and steps to embed new knowledge in ongoing economic inclusion work. The programme has also published new impact stories.

i2i’s first learning update features a lead article on how feedback is being gathered through focus groups. There is a piece on the Consortium Health Check carried out on behaviours, cultures, structures and processes, highlighting areas where i2i partners are working well together and weaker aspects. i2i also commissioned a mid-term review, reflecting on progress and exploring areas where impact could be improved.

There is news about Leonard Cheshire’s extensive research on the extra cost of disability and a report on the online i2i Learning Conference, which attracted more than 400 delegates in late March.

The i2i programme has also released brand new case studies on its website here.

First, there is the story of Emmaculate, who has found confidence and new friends after an i2i soft skills training course in Nairobi.

She says: ‘In the future I will have more skills and experience within a workplace, which will help me get to the next stage in my career.’

There is also a case study around i2i’s work with the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN) to support organisations like Unilever to become more inclusive.

Unilever is challenging the assumption that making a workplace more inclusive must be expensive. They show being flexible for all employees, particularly those with disabilities, is a good investment.

i2i is a three-year programme funded by UK Aid and implemented by a consortium led by pan-disability charity Leonard Cheshire. It addresses key challenges facing people with disabilities in accessing economic opportunities and waged employment in Bangladesh and Kenya.