Core purpose

Our international department delivers innovative and inclusive development programmes and research, working closely with local partner organisations and institutions. By 2020 we aim to double our impact, enriching lives and promoting independence for more than 100,000 people with disabilities across Africa and Asia.

Day to day

We work across Africa and Asia to support disabled children to go to school, and disabled adults to find work. Our research team at the Leonard Cheshire and Inclusive Development Centre at University College London is world-renowned. We are also part of a global network of over 200 independently managed Cheshire services, supporting disabled people in 54 countries.


  • In 2015-16 we supported 8,000 disabled children into primary education in five countries in Africa and Asia.
  • In 2015-16 we trained 12,000 disabled adults and helped them into employment in Africa and Asia.


Based in our Head Office in London, you could be joining our team as a Programme Manager, Learning, Impact and Quality Manager or a PA. The team is committed to delivering an ambitious new five year strategy that aims to extend our reach, influence and impact across the globe.

Where we work

We are a UK-based global organisation with five regional offices in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, West Africa, East and North Africa and Southern Africa.

We also support over 200 independently managed Cheshire partner organisations in 54 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe through the Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance.

Bridging the Gap

Our ambitious five-year international strategy aims to enrich lives and promote independence for more than 100,000 people with disabilities across Africa and Asia.

We have set ourselves five targets for 2020:

  • developing models of inclusion through our inclusive education and livelihoods programmes
  • influencing policy for greater inclusion and rights for persons with disabilities
  • undertaking research on poverty and disability
  • promoting youth leadership amongst persons with disabilities
  • contributing to a stronger disability movement, in particular strengthening our Global Alliance network

Our countries of focus are Bangladesh, China, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We have established local partners in these countries whom we have worked with for a number of years.

For more information on our International work please visit our website here.