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Pushing the Boundaries of Market Development Through Disability Inclusion

Event Date: 
Apr 17, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online Event


On Tuesday, April 17th, Marketlinks hosted a webinar featuring USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI). Presenters from Humanity & Inclusion and World Vision shared best practices and lessons learned on effectively including people with disabilities in livelihoods programming. The presentations highlighted a livelihoods project in Afghanistan implemented by Humanity & Inclusion and their partners, World Vision, CARE, Oxfam, Aga Khan Foundation, and Action Aid.

Marketlinks shared practical solutions and implementation techniques for effective disability inclusive market development. 

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Inclusive Livelihoods Policy Officer

Angela Kohama is the Inclusive Livelihoods Policy Officer (Technical Resource Unit) in the Humanity & Inclusion U.S.

office, where she designs, promotes and coordinates technical assistance on inclusive livelihoods strategies to mainstream economic development partners. Areas of focus range from social safety nets and microenterprise development to private sector engagement. Partners of interest include INGOs, corporations, governments, financial service providers, vocational training centers and other economic development stakeholders. Angela holds a MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Disability Rights and Inclusion Advisor

Sami Ul-haq is the Disability Rights and Inclusion Advisor at the Humanity & Inclusion office in Afghanistan.

Sami researches and writes on matters related to disability, rehabilitation, social development, democracy, and good governance. Usually published in print media, he also uses TV and radio to champion the cause of disability and development in Afghanistan. Sami is the main resource for the National Disability Caucus on Persons with Disability; National Disability Policy initiatives; disability legislation; opportunities for people with disabilities in labor strategy; and constitutional and election law review processes.

Economic Recovery and Markets Advisor

Laura Meissner is the Economic Recovery and Markets Advisor for USAID’s Office of U.S.

Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where she provides guidance on assessing, mitigating, and repairing the effects of disasters on local markets and vulnerable populations’ livelihoods as well as on cash and voucher-based interventions. In her work at OFDA she has contributed to the disaster response and recovery in Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and the Philippines. Prior to joining OFDA in 2010, Laura managed the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards initiative for the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network.

Community Organization Specialist

Farooq Nezami is a Community Organization Specialist with World Vision Afghanistan where he supports the Australian Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme (AACRS).

Previously, he worked as an educator, a finance manager, a project coordinator and a field monitor. Farooq has experience partnering with several NGOs and government organizations in the Badghis Province of Afghanistan and studied literature, law and political science at university.

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