Completed 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.

Timeframe: May 2019 – April 2022
Official Twitter: @i2iAid
Funder: UK Aid (DFID) – 9 million pounds total / 400,000 pounds for EDF Leader Leonard Cheshire
The project aims to:

  • Explore innovative market-based interventions to improve livelihoods and autonomy for persons with disabilities through collaboration with a range of partners.
  • Collect and generate data that shows whether persons with disabilities are benefiting from economic opportunities or not.
  • Promote sustained inclusive employment for persons with disabilities, particularly women


  • Bangladesh
  • Kenya


  • Action for the Disabled Network Kenya
  • Bangladesh Business and Disability Network
  • CBM
  • The Global Disability Innovation Hub
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Plan International UK
  • World Bank
  • EDF

Our role
We support the advocacy activities of our Bangladeshi and Kenyan DPOs colleagues involved in the project, with a focus on innovative market-based interventions to improve livelihoods and autonomy of persons with disabilities.
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COVID-19 Influencer Pack
In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in collaboration with DPOs in Kenya and Bangladesh, we produced the Disability and COVID-19 Influencer Pack (accessible PDF). This new advocacy resource identifies the challenges faced by persons with disabilities because of COVID-19 and the measures used to control it. It then presents clear guidance on influencing change in attitudes, behaviour, and policy that would make response and recovery efforts more inclusive, now and in the future, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Although the influencer Pack was produced to address COVID-19, the principles and advice that it highlights can be applied to many other situations around advocating for inclusion.