The third KIPPRA Annual Regional Conference was successfully held from 28th to 30th July 2020. The annual conference is one of the Institute’s key calendar events that provides a platform for diverse stakeholders to discuss an important policy issue. Unlike the previous two conferences, this year’s event was held virtually due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the conference was “Enhancing Inclusivity through Empowering Persons with Disabilities”.
The official opening ceremony was graced by the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning, Hon. Amb. Ukur Yatani. The KIPPRA Board Chair Dr Linda Musumba gave opening remarks on behalf of the Board of Directors who were also in attendance. KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi gave an overview of the conference and welcomed guests.
The first day of the conference was a students’ event where students from various universities, education institutions and selected resource persons made presentations and held panel discussions on youth empowerment and creating and inclusive learning environment for PWDs. The second and third day of the conference brought together representatives from government institutions, the private sector, NGOs and organizations championing PWDs issues.
Discussions and presentations focused on various topics including: Situational analysis and creating an enabling policy and legal framework for inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs): implementing the Big 4 initiatives; employment and entrepreneurship; leadership, governance and public participation; and data, statistics and institutional coordination to support policy, planning and implementation. Plenary sessions provided an opportunity for resource persons to pose questions to the various resource persons.
The key partners during the conference were: National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), Leonard Cheshire, Innovation to Inclusion (i2i), Signs TV, Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK), Standard Group, Kenya Vision 2030 and Safaricom.
Attendees either participated as delegates, panelists, presenters or session chairs. The third and the final day of the conference had plenary sessions before the closing ceremony where the KIPPRA Executive Director invited representatives from institutions which partnered with KIPPRA to host the conference to give remarks. Finally, a summarized version of the conference communiqué was presented.