Inclusive Employment

Employment of youngsters with disabilities is an important part of the Liliane Foundation’s inclusive development strategy. Even though the right to work is laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities, it is estimated that 80 per cent of all persons with disabilities are unemployed and live below the poverty line.

Lack of education limits possibilities

Adolescents with disabilities often have limited opportunities to go to school, attend training courses and develop their skills. Subsequently, this lack of education limits their prospects of finding employment. The ones that do have jobs, often encounter difficult working conditions. The labour market is least accessible for young people with intellectual or psychosocial impairments, and adolescent girls with disabilities.

Economic independence and increased wellbeing

With our inclusive employment programme, the Liliane Foundation supports youngsters with disabilities to earn a decent income and gain economic independence. Social factors are equally important: employment leads to social inclusion, higher self-esteem and increased wellbeing. Our programme both supports youngsters in setting up their own business as well as placing young people in regular jobs. Our local partners therefore cooperate closely with communities, governments and the private sector.

In addition to helping youngsters with disabilities, the Liliane Foundation also supports parents or caregivers of children with severe or multiple disabilities in setting up a small business or finding a job.


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Other areas of expertise

We are continuously expanding our expertise in these themes to facilitate our Partner Organizations.

Disaster Risk Management
Inclusive Education
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
• Community Based Rehabilitation [to follow soon]
• Transport and communication [to follow soon]

Theme expert

For more information about our activities on inclusive employment, please contact our theme expert.

Juultje Tulfer
+ 31 73 518 94 20