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Hassan Waddimba Mentor

Location
Uganda
Mentor Industry
Nonprofit/Social Enterprise
Languages spoken
  • English
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How I can help

My professional background

I stand at the forefront of advocacy initiatives for inclusive development in Uganda, and have spent the past 4 years doing this in relation to inclusive employment, gender responsive budgeting, and data disaggregation for effective policy outcomes. I do this through my work as Program Associate at the East Africa Center for Disability Law and Policy (EA-CDLP) where I have worked since 2016. EA-CDLP envisions a vibrant disability movement in the East African region, with a mission to enhance the realization of disability rights through research, policy reform, and provision of technical support. I am also the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Limits Initiative, a youth-led non-government start-up that believes in young people and invests in enhancing their ability to define their own problems and to design appropriate local solutions to address them. Our main focus is on motivating and empowering young people, especially those marginalized by gender and disability, and from poor and deprived communities, to take charge and responsibility for their own development. We seek to provide equal opportunities for young people across sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in education and economic development programs by breaking gender, disability, ethnicity, socio-economic, cultural and religious barriers that hinder their participation in development. We work with young people from poor and deprived communities by helping them to appreciate indigenous knowledge and positive cultural values within their communities and use that to generate local solutions for sustainable development. The focus of our strategy is on empowering young people to take charge of their own development, strengthening leadership among them, and promoting a coordinated and concerted approach to development using youth friendly approaches, including the use of the multi-media. I have led and participated in design and implementation of research projects that amplify voices of persons with disabilities in policy and decision making in Uganda. In 2018, I was appointed to the Technical Working Group that drafted the National Disability Inclusive Planning Guidelines. I have consulted with national and sub-national organizations to train and build the capacity of employers on developing disability inclusive human resource policies. I spearheaded the establishment of the Uganda Media Caucus on Disability, a network of journalists that seeks to enhance the inclusion of persons with disabilities through the media; and also hosted the first Symposium on Disability and Media in Uganda which brought together stakeholders to discuss the role of media in advancing disability rights.


How to work with me

What I can offer

I can support candidates with exploration of their needs, motivations, desires and skills. I can use questioning techniques to facilitate the candidate's own thought processes to identify solutions. i can support the candidates with SMART goal setting and methods of assessing progress towards achieving the set goals.

My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship

Confidentiality. Commitment. Progressive evaluation. Effective communication.

How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start

They should identify their key entrepreneurial interests and clearly define what they intend to learn from the mentoring process.