Enhancing Inclusivity by Empowering Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Analysis (KIPPRA) organized a roundtable meeting on “Enhancing Inclusivity by Empowering Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Kenya” on the 16th of October 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Nairobi. The purpose of the inaugural consultative roundtable meeting was to bring together stakeholders to exchange views and for effective and efficient planning and implementation of the country policies.
Some of the stakeholders in attendance were; National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), Kenya institute of Supplies Management (KISM), Cooperative University, County Assemblies, Ministry of Education-Special Needs.
KIPPRA ED Dr. Rose Ngugi, in her opening remarks, stated that empowerment is the process of people experiencing personal and social changes that enable them to make strategic choices and sometimes because of the environment, the conditions and how the society views us we are not able to participate effectively. KIPPRA understands that one of the ways of gaining the power is to look at each one and unique characteristics and design policies based on the same.
Dr. Eldah Onsumu, who was presenting on behalf of the KIPPRA Wide Survey, noted that, “Disability is a physical, sensory, mental, psychological or other impairment, condition or illness that has, or is perceived by significant sectors of the community to have a substantial or long-term effect on an individual’s ability to carry out ordinary day-to-day activities”. She also stated the key objectives of the study
- To define and conceptualize Disability from a socio-economic perspective and provide a rational for the survey and annual regional conference theme
- To assess the institutional, legal and regulatory framework that guides dealing with Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)
- To provide an in-depth literature review on disability
- To outline the thematic areas the study will cover
- To outline a work plan for the delivery of study and conference
Some key questions used to guide the roundtable meeting were:
- How has the world, region and nation responded to the rights and needs of PWDs? This is expected to bring out some of the reforms and actions that have been initiated.
- What links are missing in the approaches the world, region and nation has adopted in addressing the rights and needs of PWDs? This targets to document the challenges various initiatives are facing for effective implementation.
- What can be done differently and in a better way for effective and efficient responsiveness to the rights and needs of PWDs?
At the end of the round table Stakeholders had participated in the discussion by sharing with other stakeholders on best approaches and any innovations or solutions to the challenges faced.
By Ann Wamuyu & Owen Kimani