Fellowship Alumni

From Malawi and Nigeria

Unleashing Potential: Transforming the workplace for millions of PWDs in Africa

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Racheal Inegbedion, 2021 Fellowship Alumna and the Founding Executive Director of the Special Needs Initiative for Growth, and Farini Toussaint, 2021 Alumnus from Malawi and the Founder of Salama Africa, have collaborated to respond to the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) employment gap in Nigeria and Malawi through one of the Fellowship’s Leveraging Innovations in New Communities (LINC) Grants. The project included an interactive workshop and short documentary premiere, and its goal is to encourage Nigerian and Malawian hiring managers and employers to identify challenges in hiring persons with disabilities and find solutions that align with their national legislation, which mandates employing people with disabilities.

“In Nigeria, a staggering 29 million people, constituting 18.3 percent of the population, live with disabilities. Visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, intellectual impairment, and communication impairment are among the most prevalent disabilities. Of these, approximately 10.4 percent of working-age Nigerians (aged 18-65) grapple with disabilities that significantly hinder their ability to find employment, resulting in a total of 23.8 million people…”

Learn more in this article from The Guardian.

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