Keywords: Egypt, inclusive workplace, accessibility, consultancy services, training
|Name of Organisation||Helm|
|Type of organisation||NGO|
|Funding model||Fundraising (individual/ corporate/ foundations), Self- financing
This project has multiple funding streams whereas the business model of the practice involves its sustainability through 20% grants from organizations like Vodafone Egypt Foundation and Drosos as well as using the service model, whereas 80% is from companies that pay for the services provided.
Impact and growth
Integrating both the accessibility and job analysis reports, helps formulate a bigger picture of the workplace’s current status in regard to how inclusive it is.
- Our solution was able to support corporates in taking the right steps towards inclusion, working with more than 70 market leaders from 2018 until 2020, on integrating different accommodations into their factories and offices.
- In 2016 we started by 163 audits through our application, all of which were for small retail shops, and a few successful recruitments.
- To date, we have developed our processes and our practice to have 100 successful recruitments,
- a total of 1,063 audits, with 38% more complex facilities, office buildings, malls, national museums, and factories with over 200 partners including Pepsico, P&G, Nestle, and Mars Wrigley, Amazon, Al-Futtaim and Vodafone.
Developing software that is used as an effective onsite tool to generate automated reports. Connecting it to the job analysis report, it determines the physical, cognitive demands, or other physical working conditions that people with disabilities need to identify the necessary accommodations. Facilitating the transition towards a more inclusive workplace.
It is designed to support employers to better employ and retain persons with disabilities, as well as support them to have equal opportunities and an inclusive employment through:
- Fostering societies where persons with disabilities and businesses grow together
- Empowering all and transcending barriers
It acts as a tool that facilitates inclusion through achievable accommodations to bridge the gap between employers and persons with disabilities, to empower our partners to look at each individual’s ability and how to ensure their inclusion.
Close cooperation with government entities in Egypt to ensure that inclusion and accessibility are always considered. With the help of our partners from the private sector, and DPOs, the Egyptian president declared that 2018 is the year of persons with disabilities. This has pushed forward and escalated stricter laws that protect the rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities, but also ensuring companies with 50+ employees are effectively hiring 5% persons with disabilities, which entails a lot of accommodations and accessibility changes.
THEORY OF CHANGE
We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:
|Private Companies||1. Recruitment Job Analysis|
2. Accessibility Consulting
|Creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.||Number of Persons with disabilities hired in the companies and number of implemented accessibility modifications|
|Governmental/ Public Entities||Lobbying||Reinforcement of the disability law in the workplace for recruitment of persons with disabilities and the law for construction of accessible buildings||Number of Fines and legal actions applied on companies/ Benefits and positive reinforcement provided for companies who effectively recruit PWD|