Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)

Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) aims to address key challenges persons with disabilities experience in accessing economic opportunities and waged employment in low and middle-income countries.


The 3-year programme will:

  • explore innovative market-based interventions to improve livelihoods and autonomy for women and men with disabilities, through collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners;
  • generate data and evidence to further understanding of whether persons with disabilities are benefiting from economic opportunities;
  • promote sustained inclusive economic employment for persons with disabilities, particularly women.

The evidence and learnings from I2i will be used to identify and implement, at scale, the successful innovative market-based interventions for the benefit of persons with disabilities in countries where the programme is being held and further afield. 

Countries involved

The countries selected are Bangladesh and Kenya, with the possibility of a pilot in a third country added at the end of the 2nd year.


The programme is financed by Donor UK Aid (DFID). The budget is of 9 millions pounds with 400 000 Pounds for EDF. 



The timeframe of the project is of 36 months in total, starting in May 2019 until April 2022.


The programme will be implemented by a consortium of partners led by Leonard Cheshire, which includes:

  • Bangladesh Business and Disability Network
  • Action for the Disabled Network Kenya
  • CBM
  • the Global Disability Innovation Hub
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Plan International UK
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • World Bank
  • European Disability Forum (EDF)

Webinar series


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i2i logos including partners