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IDS Bulletin Vol. 42 Nos. 6

Reflections on Including Disability in Social Protection Programmes

Published on 7 November 2011

This article presents reflections on including disability in social protection and, specifically, in social assistance programmes.

 The main considerations for including disability in such programmes are: (a) the factors associated with disability that create vulnerabilities for people with disabilities and their household (e.g. social exclusion, the need for care and extra costs); (b) the nature of disability targeting within social protection and social assistance programmes; and (c) the measurement of disability – a complex but key factor in ensuring accurate targeting and monitoring of impact. This article describes these considerations in relation to experiences in three African countries – Uganda, Zambia and South Africa – and concludes with recommendations on recognition of disability as a vulnerability factor, and how targeting and measurement can and should be addressed for inclusion of disability in social assistance programmes.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 42.6 (2011) Reflections on Including Disability in Social Protection Programmes

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Schneider, M., Waliuya, W., Munsanje, J. and Swartz, L. (2011) Reflections on Including Disability in Social Protection Programmes. IDS Bulletin 42(6): 38-44

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Marguerite Schneider

Wamundila Waliuya

Joseph Munsanje

Leslie Swartz

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