Programmes

Our programmes, informed by research, are strategically designed to test 'what works'. Alongside local partners in countries where the need is greatest we learn and refine our thinking, before sharing it through our teaching and advocacy.

Our team is informed by our development programmes and our research informs our practice. Our flagship programme AT2030 is funded by UK aid to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all, investing £40m over 6 years to support solutions to scale.

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AT2030

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), AT2030 brings together global experts, international organisations, local delivery partners, multidisciplinary sectors and a new collaborative approach to drive change. AT2030 tests ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all; investing £20m over 5 years to support solutions to scale. The AT2030 consortium brings together partners who haven’t traditionally focused on AT, with experts, innovators and AT users to experiment with new ideas and thinking.

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United Kingdom

Snowdon Masters Scholarships

Investing in inspirational disabled leaders. Funding up to £15,000 for a UK Masters course and a £15,000 allowance while studying.

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Global

Assistive Technology 2030: technical research

AT2030 (Assistive Technology 2030) brings together partners who haven’t traditionally focused on assistive technology (AT), with experts, innovators and AT users to experiment with new ideas and thinking.

GDI Hub Academic Research Centre provides robust evidence of the effectiveness of the AT2030 projects to drive evidence and knowledge.

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Global

AT 2030: Life Changing Assistive Technology for All

Over five years, AT2030 will test ‘what works’ to improve access to AT and will invest in and support solutions to scale with a focus on innovative products, new service models, and global capacity support. The programme will reach 9 million directly and 6 million more people indirectly to enable a lifetime of potential through life-changing Assistive Technology.

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AT2030: Open Up Market Access

To align and consolidate global Assistive Technology efforts as well as to lay the foundations for systems-level change on a global scale this sub-programme will provide a set of global benchmarks and standards for Assistive Technology. The sub-programme will develop models of integrated Assistive Technology service provision, including screening and training tools; develop procurement tools; as well as a mobile tool to identify population needs for Assistive Technology. This programme is being co-led by WHO, UNICEF, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Global

AT2030: Drive Availability and Affordability of Assistive Technology

To address the need gap and significantly scale up the provision of affordable and appropriate Assistive Technology, this sub-programme will test market shaping methodologies which include research, scoping, and future planning; the creation of market shaping tools; and pilot testing of market interventions. This sub-programme is led by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).

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France

Paris 2024 - the first Innovation Games?

Paris 2024, Disability Innovation, GDI Hub, London 2012

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Kenya

Changing Prosthetic Service Delivery with Amparo

The GDI Hub, as a part of the AT2030 Innovation cluster, has partnered with Amparo to support them in carrying out a clinical trial to evaluate how the Amparo Confidence Socket could help the provision of lower limb prosthetics in Kenya.

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Bangladesh | Kenya

Innovation to Inclusion: i2i

i2i is a three-year programme focused on technological initiatives that directly improve access to paid private sector work for people with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh.

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Disabled Leaders Network

A unique space for accelerating success, the Snowdon Disabled Leaders Network brings together exceptional disabled leaders to engage, build a community and share learnings.

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AT2030 Subprogramme: Support to ATscale the Global Assistive Technology Partnership

To accelerate access to Assistive Technology, ATscale the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology was formally launched at the Global Disability Summit in 2018. The Partnership will catalyse change, amplify existing work, and coordinate access to Assistive Technology by tackling supply and demand side drivers to scale. The AT2030 programme will continue to support the development and implementation of ATscale.

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Kenya

AT2030: Assistive Technology Scoping Exercise

Funded by UK AID this focused on mapping and analysis of the innovation landscape around Assistive Technology globally with a focus on low and middle-income countries to highlight potential market failures and to scope out possible solutions.

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Indonesia | Sierra Leone

Community-led Solutions: Assistive Tech in informal settlements

Researchers from the Development Planning Unit at UCL, along with Leonard Cheshire, are working with the GDI Hub to undertake an exciting programme working with communities living in conditions of informality (often referred to as slums) in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Banjarmasin, Indonesia.

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Georgia | Philippines

Asian Development Bank - Inclusive Tourism 

GDI Hub provide inclusive design advice to Asian Development Bank (ADB), aiming to address accessible tourism in Georgia

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Three young operators working for Humanity and Inclusion in Uganda assessing an elderly woman who uses a crutch
Uganda

Trialing 3D Printed Bespoke Orthotics to Refugees with Humanity and Inclusion

GDI Hub has partnered with Humanity & Inclusion to support them with the research components of the project, to ensure that robust evidence is collected and analysed across all sites.

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Kenya

Digital Technology, to Revolutionise Wheelchair Provision with Motivation

As part of the AT2030 programme, the GDI Hub will support Motivation in testing their new wheelchair provision system in Kenya to evaluate the quality of the new designs and understand how distributed manufacturing through 3D printing could augment current wheelchair service provision models.

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