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Leading Kenyan parliamentarian set to respond to fresh evidence on disability-inclusive social protection


15th October: The first Krystle Kabare Memorial Event will tomorrow reveal findings from DFID-related research to which she contributed on the role social protection can play in enabling persons with disabilities to overcome barriers they face to living full, dignified lives.

We can announce that Senator Isaac Mwaura, chair of Kenya’s Disability Parliamentary Association, joins a distinguished panel in Nairobi on 16th October also including Cecilia Mbaka, Head of the Social Protection Secretariat; David Tumwesigye, representing Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development; Ousmane Niang, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF, Kenya; and David Kamau, Safety Nets Policy Officer, WFP Kenya. The panel will be invited to respond to vital issues raised by evidence including from Stephen Kidd, Senior Social Policy Specialist, who in the first Krystle Kabare Memorial Lecture will highlight findings from research on the rationale and steps to take in order to make social protection disability-inclusive.

The event comes after the Global Disability Summit, at which the Government of Kenya and the UK Department for International Development led commitments to open up routes to economic empowerment, including through social protection. It also comes after evidence that social protection can reduce the need for institutional care for children, which the UK’s International Development Secretary vowed to end.

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