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Fredrick Alucheli

Living in: Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality: Kenyan

 
 

Fredrick is the founder of Action Network for the Disabled and Riziki Source in Kenya.  He has pioneered innovation in the field of disability and employment with a mobile application that was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovations.

He has a B.A .in political science and sociology from the University of Nairobi, a certificate in social innovation management from Amani Institute and is currently pursuing an MBA in social entrepreneurship at Tangaza University College.

Fredrick serves on the board of Little Rock Inclusive ECD Center and has previously served on the advisory board of Disability Rights Fund (Boston) and Global Disability Rights Library (Washington)

He became a YouthActionNet Fellow in 2009, was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2012, Amani Fellow 2016 and admitted into Cordes Fellowship in 2017. Fredrick is passionate and committed to ending inequalities facing people with disabilities globally and directs all his energy towards this goal

Personal statement

I have worked in the field of advocacy on issues of disability for over ten years, I wake up every single day with the sole purpose of challenging the inequality facingthose with disabilities in Kenya and internationally. I founded a public organization; Action Network for the Disabled for this purpose and we have made tremendous steps in the journey towards equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya.

I faced inequality as an individual living with a disability and was motivated to do something about the same to ensure that our country becomes a better place where persons with disabilities are treated in the same way as the rest of the country. I bring to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity many years of working around issues of inequality, and more specifically around disability, and how these can be mainstreamed in the bigger agenda of fighting inequality. I am also interested to deepen my understanding around this topic by associating with, and learning from, other peers working around the same issues. I am also interested in fighting inequalities as a result of lack of participation in leadership and governance by persons with disabilities.

Last year I founded a social enterprise that seeks to correct the inequalities experienced by persons with disabilities in the job market. Most of them are discriminated on the grounds of their disability while looking for jobs, or are underpaid or given lower jobs irrespective of their qualifications. My enterprise will provide disability inclusion and diversity trainings for employers to appreciate disability and embrace job seekers who have a disability at their workplace.

A future where everyone, irrespective of their disability, has the same rights as anybody in the world is the legacy I am committed to, this Fellowship provides a seed for this ambition.