It was estimated that 26% of persons with disabilities in Uganda are living in poverty. Persons with disabilities are vulnerable to shocks and are likely to fall into poverty. Relatedly, PWDs have hardly benefited from economic strides being achieved by the country and are likely to be pushed further into poverty wnen they suffer stress as has been the situation with the emergence of the COVID 19 pandemic. In the longrun, it is most strategic to support PWD overcome barriers that hinder their participation in the market space. Once economically empowered, it will be easier and more sustainable for CYWD and their families to address their own survival and development needs.
Strategic Objective II: By 2025, 1500 households with CYWD have improved incomes and quality of life by engaging in sustainable livelihoods and gainful employment
Key Result Areas for Strategic Objective II
2.1: Improved recognition labour rights and safe working environments for PWDs in the formal and informal sector
2.2 Increased access to gainful employment for 1,000 PWDs through education, skilling, job placements and provision of grants to start IGAs
2.3 Increased incomes and access to alternative sustainable livelihoods for households hosting Child and youth with disabilities
Key Strategic Interventions for Strategic Objective II
2.1.1 Hold dialogue with stakeholders especially in the private sector on the employment rights of PWDs, their employability and set up mechanisms for recognition of most adaptive employers.
2.1.2 Increase competitiveness through placements & specialized training to equip 1,000 PWDs with complementary labour skills
2.1.3 Support selected DLGs (Labour Offices) establish three (3) Employment Bureaus for PWDs
2.1.4 Support increased adoption of the PWDs livelihood Empowerment Strategy (LRC model) by supporting 10 DPOs set up LRC Centers of Excellence
2.1.5 Conduct and disseminate survey findings on non-conventional employment opportunities for PWD e.g. online jobs
2.2.1 Enroll and place 1,500 Children and youth with disabilities for BTVET training with local artisans and appropriate Vocational Training Institutions
2.2.2 In collaboration with the Directorate of Industrial Training, conduct trade tests, provide start up kits/seed grants for 1,000 Children and youth with disabilities to start own IGAs
2.2.3 Support strengthening of 100 youth support groups to promote saving mobilization and investment using the VSLA Methodology
2.2.4 Link youth groups to other financial services and government programmes e.g., OWC, Youth Livelihoods Project (YLP), the Women’s Economic Empowerment Fund (WEP), etc.
2.3.1 Support formation/strengthening of existing 100 model Parents Support Groups to accumulate investment capital for micro enterprises & building OVC welfare funds using the VSLA methodology
2.3.2 Provide entrepreneur development training and business incubation support for IGAs started by the parent support groups
2.3.3 Promote use of VSLA groups to access other social skills like good parenting, SRH/HIV and AIDS prevention, community health Insurance & welfare pools