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South and East Asia and South Africa

Access to livelihoods

  • Location: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and South Africa
  • Start date: July 2014
  • Supported by: Accenture and the Accenture Foundations

Over three years, this project will equip over 13,000 disabled people with new skills in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and South Africa, and support more than 10,000 to find a job or start their own business.

Through our award-winning Livelihoods Resources Centres, we build the skills and confidence of disabled people, creating opportunities for them to succeed in work or enterprise. We work with local skills providers, employers, policy makers and the media to change their perceptions of disability. We have also developed, an online resource for disabled people seeking employment, providing information and linking disabled people with prospective employers.

The project started as a two year pilot in 2008, establishing five Livelihoods Resource Centres. The project has been steadily growing since then. In this third phase we are expanding to 28 locations within the project countries, and launching in South Africa for the first time.

Project targets

  • 13,400 people with disabilities to receive training.
  • At least 77% of trainees (10,445 people) to enter paid work or self-employment.

Project highlights

  • Increased participation — In the previous phase of the project, 10,690 people were equipped with new skills, of whom 6,825 have started a job or built a business.
  • Job creation — More than 100 employers, including Accenture, Intercontinental Hotels and the British Council, have embraced the initiative and included people with disabilities in their workforces.
  • Policy change — Governments have taken real steps to create an ‘enabling environment’ for the participation of people with disabilities. For example, the Indian government’s dedicated Department of Disability Affairs has created financial incentives for employers to take on jobseekers with disabilities and a scheme to provide small loans for people with disabilities starting their own businesses.

This project is supported by Accenture and the Accenture Foundations.