The Kenyan constitution 2010 and disability act no.14 of 2003 provides different guarantees to PWDs in Kenya. PWDs have been denied these guarantees in many instances either deliberately or otherwise. In Isiolo County, the inclusion of PWDs in a meaningful development agenda has been a major challenge that have been faced by the PWDs and a such the county government contravened different facets of this constitutional guarantees. Some of these Contraventions happen as a result of failure by PWDs to understand and utilize the available opportunities as provided by law.
It’s against this background that Merti Integrated Development Programme (MID-P) through the department of culture and social services organized Lobby and advocacy training for PWDS from the 10 wards of Isiolo County.
The training was tailored to put into consideration achievements of the followings objectives
- Enable leaders of Disable person’s organizations (DPOs) understand the principles of group leadership and dynamics
- Enables the leaders of different DPOs understand the existing legal instruments that protect PWDs
- Enables the leaders of DPOs to understand the existing opportunities that aim at empowering PWDs.
One of the action plans from the training is to come up with Bill/policy that support this marginalized members of the society.
In 2019, The Isiolo County Youth, Women and Persons with disability Enterprises Fund Act and Regulations 2019 were passed. An Act is to provide for the establishment Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities Enterprise Development Fund and promote the new and existing micro and small business and industries. This will increase household income hence improving living standard. In reference to persons with disability are burdens to the community because high dependency, inability to have a reliable source of income and also opportunity to access finance to do business. The personal commitment and department is ensure this vulnerable groups who needed this finance most are given, supported through trainings and mentorship to increase entrepreneurial skills to engage in business
The enterprises funds monies is allocated through each cycle of County Integrated Development Plan and funds will be transferred from Isiolo County Revenue Account to Isiolo county youth, women and persons with disabilities enterprise development fund Main Account. The 2019/2020 financial year, Isiolo county government has allocated 8million for utilization by women, 6million for youth and, 4million for person’s disability a total of 18million revolving fund.
Mid-p also supported the dissemination of the Act in 3 wards to enhance the understanding of the Act and developed action plan on how to access the fund from County Government.
During the dissemination of Act in Kinna