Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)

Understanding data systems for employment and social protection of persons with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh

This study was conducted by the ILO, a consortium partner of the "Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)" programme. i2i is a 3-year programme preceded by an 8-month research and scoping phase, led by Leonard Cheshire with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID UK). It is designed to develop, test and validate effective ways to engage and retain persons with disabilities in waged employment in the private sector in Bangladesh and Kenya.

Disability-disaggregated data is required to monitor the access of persons with disabilities to services and provisions at country level and is essential for influencing legislation and policy. It is important to understand disability status in order to assess the need or eligibility for social protection services, and to understand the number of persons with disabilities who are not accessing or receiving social protection. National censuses and surveys, including labour force surveys, provide an opportunity to understand the employment status of persons with disabilities. Together with the inclusion of the Washington Group Short-Set of Questions and questions on disability-related barriers and attitudes, they have the potential to provide profound insights into the employment of persons with disabilities. This information is essential for advocacy and policy purposes.