Building the capacity of disabled people's organisations to develop economic livelihoods for people with disabilities in rural areas
Action on Poverty will deliver practical support to disabled people's organisations on enterprise development for their members.
I Dokcen William 27years old, physically disabled, Alur by tribe, married with 2 children and a Primary seven drop out living in Uturugang village, Paidha Town Council. Trained in Financial / Business management skills, and linked to MFI services (FINCA) hence accessed credit to get a kiosk. I started business with working capital of 2,000=, 12 miles away from Nebbi town, got organized / guided to form a group, trained and linked the group to Access credit with FINCA
Dokcen - Benefits: Improved standard of living: clothing, medication, school fees. High self esteem (has built confidence, courage to compete with able bodied in business compared to previous life style associated with shyness / fear to get engaged in business feeling despised). Being Accepted by the community (I was regarded as a gambler / burden to community before). Exposure (I got to know people from recognized offices like Nebbi Union of Disabled, NGOs, financial institutions e.g. CMF)
What problem does your idea solve?
Many disability organisations established with a focus on advocacy for rights of people with disability. Many such organisations, especially those in rural or particularly poor areas, are not equipped with the skills and experience to support livelihood development, micro-enterprise establishment, or the income generating activities for their members to become more economically active, and able to support themselves and contribute their household.
Explain your idea
We will offer a service to develop the capacity of DPOs in how to identify local market needs, and income generation activities for people with disabilities, how to establish loan funds to support business establishment, and how to mentor and support disabled entrepreneurs and businesses in their early years. A programme will be devised depending on the local context, size of the organisation and range of opportunities present. The programme will involve a series of training sessions, support in set up of services, mentoring of staff, and follow-up during implementation. Monitoring and evaluation will be carried out, and lessons learnt for future implementation.
APT has worked in partnership with others to provide training and support to a range of marginalised groups to earn their own income from livelihoods, including people with disabilities; finding ways to share learning and expertise (such as through mentors, peer educators, effective groups and associations) and widen the impact. By working in partnership with DPOs the approach will maximise the benefit of membership organisations and collaborative effort with a business approach.
This is an example of work which NUDIPU undertook in partnership with AMFIU in implementing a micro finance and disability project aimed at increasing access to financial services by PWDs in Uganda. The Project funded by NAD has registered results, some of which are documented here. This video was produced by NUDIPU youth.
The members of Disabled people's organisations in Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone. These can be organisations already known to Action on Poverty, or ones requiring this type of support. The members will have a range of disabilities and live in rural or semi urban areas. They are often living in extreme poverty. They are both male and female and of working age. Action on Poverty will also work in other African countries to provide these services to improve economic inclusion of PWD.
How is your idea unique?
Action on Poverty has experience in livelihood development, enterprise development and market value chain analysis. Approaching the need for livelihoods for people with disabilities from the market led, business perspective, can ensure that people with disabilities can get the support they need to become economically active, through accessing their local DPO.
By working in partnership with grassroots DPOs - covering a range of different disabilities - and with a national umbrella DPO which can extend the model more widely, this will blend together small enterprise support with collaborative peer support delivered through membership organisations.
Tell us more about you
We will work with a grassroots umbrella DPO in Gulu District (GDPU) which represents about 5000 PWDs in Gulu and Amuru Districts and with a National umbrella DPO in Kampala (NUDIPU) to further test & implement the idea, with technical input, mentoring from APT Programme Manager. Local service providers, specific DPO inputs as idea develops. Support extension of training to county level DPOs in Uganda, and in Kenya, Sierra Leone building staff capacity for future support.
Action on Poverty has worked in livelihoods and enterprise development in some of the poorest countries in the world, working with the most marginalised groups of society, such as people with HIV, with disabilities, in post conflict area, and extreme poverty. We have completed livelihoods projects specifically for (Uganda and Sri Lanka) people with disabilities and inclusive of PWD in other countries. They were successful in increasing incomes and empowering PWD.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
How do we ensure the model is adopted by other PWD and DPO networks and make sure the quality and sustainability is maintained? How do we convince mainstream MFI providers to make their services accessible to, and inclusive of PWD as and when they scale up businesses?
Where will your idea be implemented?
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Early Growth/Roll-out/Scaling: I have completed a pilot and am ready or in the process of expanding.
How has your idea changed based on feedback?
Considering aspects of sustainability and building capacity, we will start in Uganda, where we will discuss and further develop the prototype with GDPU and NUIDPU to be able to deliver the economic livelihoods support to their DPO membership. Incorporate into the capacity building further ways to build links with and influence other Business Development Services (BDS) and MFIs in local areas and resourcing on-going support; promote ethos of ‘passing on the gift’ building on the spirit of many disabled entrepreneurs to train or act as a mentors to assist other PWDs in their community and stimulate further problem solving with their peers. This builds on successful role models inspiring other PWD, and on DPOs as membership-based organisations so default position is for members to help each other and work collectively. Include sensitisation of household members. We will extend to other country lead organisations (Sierra Leone, Kenya) during the 18 month development phase.
Who will implement this idea?
Staff NUDIPU (0.5, Kampala), GDPU (2 Gulu), 0.5 APT (UK based) with further part time support from different members of these organisations to gather further ideas from different perspectives, including Executive Directors; and voluntary local DPO staff. Through planning & development, intensive courses and follow up.
Other organisations in Kenya and Sierra Leone - mixture of enterprise and DPOs - lead organisations will be ones APT already has relationship with and registered in country.
Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?
APT has a long history of working closely with community groups using participatory methods, with ideas are initiated at the grassroots with partners. Our role is to help them develop their idea into a project, and support them during implementation.
APT is a small flexible organisation and all staff have input into strategy development signed off by the CEO (personally involved in this idea); with a supportive board open to new ideas.
Building enterprise capacity with PWD already identified as important to strategy – by all 3 organisations - challenge is how best to. Ideas from members, agreed by Board/Gen Assem.
Since GDPU is an autonomous branch of NUDIPU there are a shared set of values, mission, objectives, thereby making decisions and/or changes straightforward and consensual.
What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?
As a learning organisation we value the concept of developing the idea jointly with beneficiaries and their representatives, based on their initial ideas. Most traditional funding methods require a very short period to develop a set proposal, which is then restricted in its implementation. This allows us to use our learning to develop an idea together in an inclusive way – especially with experts in human centred design - please help us to collaborate.
What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?
Key challenges for rural PWD in enterprise/employment:
1. Stigma and discrimination (attitudinal, institutional) at all levels - pervades challenges below.
2. Self-confidence of PWD themselves; support of key family members, few examples/role models to inspire them.
3. No access to business support services/training, including identifying market appropriate enterprise ideas.
4. Limited or no access to finance.
System level: DPOs generally provide support and access to services, advocacy and solidarity for PWD, but lack experience, skills in supporting PWD to engage in employment. Livelihoods NGOs/BDS often do not effectively include PWD, or only the most visible & vocal - men with physical impairments, excluding disabled women and people with hearing, visual, intellectual impairmen
Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?
By 2021, 10,000 people with disabilities will have better access to skills and resources to develop enterprises through implementation of the model; and 200+ DPOs in 3 countries will have the skills to assist their disabled members to develop their economic potential.
How do we adjust our model to impact quickly but sustainably and ensure uptake of DPOs. How do we convince mainstream MFI providers to make their services accessible to, and inclusive of PWD as and when they scale up business
How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?
How many of your team’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?
Between 10-20 paid, full-time staff
Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?
We are a registered entity, but not in the country in which we plan to implement our idea.
My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:
Between $100,000 and $500,000 USD
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