28th September: The Head of the Government of Kenya’s Social Protection Secretariat, Cecilia Mbaka, will address a crucial meeting on how the nation’s social protection system can be made disability-inclusive. The Development Pathways-convened event will reveal findings from research for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) on how social protection can include persons with disabilities, and discuss the next steps for Kenya.
The event comes after the governments of Kenya and the U.K held the first Global Disability Summit on how to include persons with disabilities in development.
Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Policy Specialist, will give the first Krystle Kabare Memorial lecture at the event, to be held on 16th October in Nairobi, and distinguished guests will respond to the findings of the research. Representatives from other countries, as well as from WFP, UNICEF and disability rights organisations are set to attend.
The lecture will mark the anniversary of the tragic death of Development Pathways’ Social Policy Specialist Krystle Kabare – also one of the DFID project’s researchers – who had recommended that the Government progressively realise the right to social protection, identifying a Child Disability Benefit as an urgent step towards achieving this. A forthcoming report she authored said this would “relieve the burden on households that incur opportunity costs due to their caregiving responsibilities”.
Disability Rights International last week highlighted that 45% of mothers interviewed face pressure to kill their babies born with disabilities, as reported by the BBC.