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New program to improve inclusion in Kenyan beverage brands

LINC is part of a new five-year program to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly women, and improve labor rights at two large Kenyan companies.

LINC is happy to celebrate the launch of the new Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures on 4 March, 2022. The program is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and is a collaboration of eight Kenyan and global organizations, including non- governmental organizations (NGOs), trade unions and organizations of people with disabilities (OPDs). The program is led by Sightsavers, and LINC serves as one of the major subcontractors.

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LINC team members at the GLP-IF launch. Nairobi, Kenya.

The consortium of partners will work with global beverage brands Diageo’s East African Breweries Limited (EABL) and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Kenya) to embed inclusion and labor rights in the companies’ supply and distribution chains. The five-year program builds on existing UK aid-funded Inclusive Futures work in partnership with EABL.

LINC’s role in the program will be to support and facilitate dialogue between stakeholders, engage in collective action efforts, and accompany stakeholders through action learning processes. Overall, LINC will implement Inclusive Futures’ systems thinking activities, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework and practices.

Sightsavers’ Kenya country director Moses Chege said that women, people with disabilities and young people often face unequal treatment in work, despite global improvements in labor rights legislation and policy.

The program will not only improve inclusion and labor rights for people who are often marginalized, but for everyone working across the supply and distribution chains. “What we achieve will be used to demonstrate to industries and governments how to improve the employment of people with disabilities and demonstrate how labor rights can be strengthened for everyone.”

Carolyne Njihia, LINC’s Kenya’s MEL advisor said: “We are very excited to be joining the Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures, as it completely aligns with our organizations mission to engage and empower local actors to lead their own development. LINC will provide strategic guidance to ensure that the various components of the Inclusive Futures program are coordinated with others, grounded in a strong evidence base, and iteratively adapted to remain relevant throughout implementation”.

Other consortium partners involved in Global Labor Program – Inclusive Futures are: Central Organization of Trade Unions Kenya, Equal Rights Trust, Innovations for Poverty Action, Kenya Female Advisory Organization, Sightsavers, Ulula, and United Disabled Persons Kenya. The program will also be supported by Light for the World and The Syngenta Foundation.

For more information visit www.inclusivefutures.org/global-labor-program

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