Joel Kawanguzi is a Programme Assistant at the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), Uganda’s largest disability rights network. He plays an important role in implementing the network’s programs and monitoring their success across Uganda.
Through his position at NUDIPU, Joel has experience in monitoring and strengthening a diverse array of disability employment projects and is keen to learn best practices in the U.S. that he can share directly with people with disabilities who want to become entrepreneurs. Prior to his current position at NUDIPU, Joel was a Research Assistant at the USAID/Uganda Private Health Support Programme and a Research Officer at the Institute for Global Health at University College London.
Joel plans to develop a project that will support adolescent girls and young women with disabilities out of school by teaching them marketing and business skills they can apply as small entrepreneurs selling local products. He is a person with a disability himself (scoliosis) and applies his lived experience to his advocacy for inclusion.