When we talk of disability, not everybody can look at it as an opportunity. The society we live in assumes having an impairment is a weakness and a liability to the company. The term disability simply means, any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.
I have a physical disability. I am fortunate enough to work for a Disabled Persons Organization. This gives me a platform to experience and work with my fellow persons with disabilities and those without disability.
As a youth and having experienced the hustle and bustle of job seeking, I feel I got the gist of what my fellow job s
In terms of employment and participation on the labor market, persons with disabilities are an underemployed group of the workforce. In countries with civil rights legislation, unemployment rates are approximately twice what they are for persons without disabilities and it can be assumed that the rates are even worse in countries without such laws. It is therefore imperative that deliberate steps are taken to ensure absorption of this group of persons in to the workforce.
Persons with disabilities are frequently not considered potential members of the workforce. Perception, fear, myth and prejudice continue to limit understanding and acceptance of disability in work places everywhere, myths abound including that persons with disabilities are unable to work and that accommodating a person with disability in the work place is expensive. Contrary t
At the height of the interest capping debate in 2016, there was a directive from the Central Bank of Kenya that banks should allocate at least 20% of their finances to growing small businesses, or precisely SME lending. The directive came about after it was discovered that banks were not lending to small businesses since they deemed them risky borrowers. Of course, banks were furious with the law that placed the maximum lending rate at 4%. Before the capping, banks could lend at a rate as high as 18% which meant loans were only accessible to blue chip companies. Small businesses were at the mercy of SACCOs and digital lending apps who had minimal requ
In mid-2020, Black Lives Matter protests heightened in intensity after the death of George Floyd in the US. The protests became evidence of Black marginalization across the world and the struggle to be seen equally on the basis of being a human being rather than a person with a different complexion. The protests also became a wakeup call to the modern-day corporates to come up with strategies to address racial inequality on the long-term basis, since the many times companies had been caught being complacent in social evils eroded their credibility to their customers. This time corporations were in it for the long haul. The effect of this has been Bla
One of the biggest challenges Person With Disabilities(PWDs) face is transport and mobility. The challenges may range from negative attitudes from PSV operators, hiked charges or the excuse of no boot to load a wheelchair once a PWD is in the vehicle. Sometimes the PSV might not be patient enough to help you get in the vehicle or even disembark once you get to your destination. Airlines too have been on the receiving end with a prominent local airline being called out because of its impatient pilot who scolded a PWD for taking time to board the flight. Had it not been for the online outcry and the PR nightmare it caused to its brand as
Following persistent public outcry on the high cost of electricity, President Kenyatta in addition to the Cabinet reshuffle that saw Amb. Monica Juma became the Energy CS, ordered an investigation that found out that the high cost of electricity was because of Independent Power Producers that were charging high cost of units sold to KPLC after which KPLC passed the cost to Kenyans. Since the names of the IPPs were kept secret, one of the recommendations was to disclose the names of the beneficiaries of the power purchasing agreements between the KPLC and the IPPs.
At the 2022 Oscar Awards, the Best Motion Picture movie was a disability centered film known as Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) by Apple TV. The film tells the story of a girl raised by deaf parents but does not have hearing challenges. The daughter to these deaf parents struggles to pursue a career in music while at the same time helping her parents in their fishing business. After back and forth with her school and her parents, she finally gets a scholarship courtesy of the school and the workers in their fishing business take it upon themselves to learn sign language to communicate with the owners of the business better.
Among the biggest gainers of the 2022/2023 budget as proposed by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary was the health sector with an allocation of 146 billion Kenya Shillings. In addition to these, pharmaceutical companies were tax exempted as well as consumers of medical oxygen, urine bags and adult diapers. Other gainers in the tax gift were the upcoming Konza Technopolis, Kenya’s Silicon Valley. The project under the Ministry of ICT received Ksh 5.2 billion with government ministries departments and agencies being encouraged to utilize the National Data Centre at the facility.
It is no secret that access to assistive technology is a challenge for PWDs in Kenya. Among the challenges involved is th
It is no secret that business and politics (power) are joined at the hip. In the modern world, business interests determine the direction of politics and the chart a nation takes in general. Businessmen have become politicians primarily because of their track record in their enterprises and the opposite also happens. A politician may start a business while in power due to the access to resources and sometimes their popularity in politics makes a good launchpad for a product or service. Other times businessmen try their hand in politics to create a better business environment for others, if their word during campaign season is anything to go by.
In 2020 at the height of the pandemic, the job market was hit with the Great Resignation Crisis around the world. While companies in Africa were giving voluntary retirement options to cut costs before the pandemic, people were calling it quits when they were needed the most. Most said that the pandemic made them re evaluate themselves to find a healthy balance of work and other things that are more fulfilling other than paying bills. The situation became so dire that company executives were literally begging some of its workers to stay on the job with more money and flexible working terms, and that’s how working from home is still practiced even today after Covid subsided and the rules relaxed.
About a month ago, the state of Maryland in the United States decided to drop the four-year degree requirement for government jobs in the state. In America, states can make their own laws that are applicable to the state in question except for security matters. Security matters are a preserve of the Federal Government, what we call the National Government in Kenya, and a State in the USA is the equivalent of a County in Kenya. In its defence on why the university degree was dropped, officials said that work is essentially about innovation and productivity, and that can be achieved without a university degree. In its place, the university degree requirement will be by checking the alternative place that a person might have developed a skill from, and the alternative could be military service, learning on the job, apprenticeship or learning a skill from a community service.
Rising from a building society in the 1980’s, Equity Bank became the first bank in Kenya to hit the trillion-shilling valuation mark in Kenya. This was before Congo became part of the EAC, and the entry of Equity into Congo is expected to drive the valuation much higher. Equity also has the largest asset base in the country, and was named the fifth strongest banking brand in the world by Brand Finance with a 94% in the Brand Strength Index.