As the initiative continues to grow, more organisations and companies have chosen to become a member by signing for commitment with Make 12.4% Work. This also means they choose to have a disability inclusion assessment and create an action plan to become more inclusive, which can come in various forms depending on the member.
The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) is the apex body recognised by the public and government of Uganda to coordinate all value chain actors in the apiculture industry. TUNADO is a membership body that unites producers (beekeepers), processors, packers, service providers (trainers, researches, marketers, equipment manufacturers etc), development partners, government and all other stakeholders towards apiculture development in Uganda.
The youth based organization Kampabits is based in the Design Hub, in Kampala. Their main focus is enhancing youth employment through ICT, particularly by reaching out to the less privileged youth in order to improve their lives with the use of ICT multimedia. The partnership between Kampabits and Make 12.4% Work involves mainstream ICT training for young persons with disabilities. The Make 12.4% Work Initiative identifies persons with disabilities and refers them to Kampabits for a traineeship. Currently, there are 9 deaf trainees and 2 physically impaired that are following a six-month training to improve their skills and development in IT.
Outbox is a technology-based innovation hub in Kampala. They assist new and upcoming African technology entrepreneurs with workspace, business incubation and technical training programs. As they simply put it, ‘we’re a launchpad for new ideas’.
Outbox is interested in a Diversity & Inclusion initiative within their organisation, so Outbox and Make 12.4% Work are exploring the opportunities for a joint initiative looking around accessible technology. The focus of initiative would be to create universally accessible app experiences.
The Youth Initiatives for Youth Action Foundation (YIYA) is an independent youth-led and youth-serving organisation that is based in Kampala but holds a mandate to serve across the country.
In partnership with Kampabits they train young people, especially young girls, on social enterprising and ICT to teach them software development, graphic and animation skills. In addition, the use games, sports and drama to teach employable skills for all young people. Furthermore YIYA is actively involved in community outreach projects and civic engagement and participation, raising awareness about rights for the youth.
Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) is an Ugandan NGO recognised as a non profit making organization. The organization works in several districts with the rural poor and disadvantaged communities in order to improve livelihoods.
VAD received a training in disability awareness from Make 12.4% Work. As a follow up, they will receive guidance from Make 12.4% Work on how to become more disability inclusive as an organization. As the executive director Benedict Male put it, ‘Light for the World gave us a very good awareness on how to work with people with disabilities. We will ensure that we now start disability inclusion in our programs and within the organisation as we now have more knowledge on disability.’
GOAL Uganda is humanitarian organisation that emphasises building community resilience and socio-economic development. Their focus lies in improving the lives of disadvantaged communities as demonstrated by their first activities in 1979, in response to the famine in Northern Uganda.
GOAL was one of the first members of the Make 12.4% Work Initiative and are committed to becoming more disability inclusive as an organization as well as within their programs. Disability inclusion assessments have already been conducted and Make 12.4% Work continues to follow up by supporting their actions.
Sawa World is a non-governmental organisation that uses an innovative approach to instantly transform the lives of unemployed and marginalized youth by providing the skills to start micro-businesses in one day, using locally-created and simple solutions to self-employment. Their goal is to impact 1 billion youth by 2030.
Together with Make 12.4% Work, they will explore how they can make their skills development packages inclusive for the youth with a disability. Make 12.4% Work is currently planning to place an intern with a disability at Sawa World to support the mobilisation of people with disabilities in the areas where they work
Healthy Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise and innovative business model focused on the supply of health education, services and products. Their vision embraces basic health care for all. They work towards increasing access to basic health care in remote areas in order to enable development and self-reliance. In order to do so, their mission is to train men and women to become independent health workers, Healthy Entrepreneurs, to create a network that allows the delivery of affordable health products and services to the last mile.
Under Make 12.4% Work, Healthy Entrepreneurs is piloting to make their approach disability inclusive in the Rwenzori region. The two new groups of Healthy Entrepreneurs involve entrepreneurs with a disability. In addition, the large group of Healthy Entrepreneurs in the selected pilot districts have been sensitised on disability. The pilot program is an opportunity to learn about disability inclusion and room for upscaling.