What are the main factors behind the successes or failures of efforts to promote inclusion?

Author: Dr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy Fifteen years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is no doubt about the level of progress taking place regarding the recognition of persons with disabilities as one of the major marginalized groups around the world. This recognition appears through the progress governments […]

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Government ownership is critical for disability inclusion in developing countries

Author: Bagival Pradeep Kumar More than 80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries and face multiple barriers in their day-to-day life to access basic rights on an equal basis with other citizens. The proclamation of the International Year of the Disabled in 1981 marked the beginning of the disability rights movement to promote […]

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What strategies work for ensuring persons with disabilities get access to livelihood or employment opportunities?

Author: Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, LSHTM. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our discussion of interventions to remove barriers to employment of persons with disabilities. It was very interesting to learn from Kamal Lamichhane how high the wage returns on investment in education for students with disabilities could be.  This makes sense to […]

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How can we best support the education of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries?

Author: Nidhi Singal Education of children with disabilities General Comment No. 4 on Article 24 issued in 2016 by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defined inclusion as, “a process of systemic reform embodying changes and modifications in content, teaching methods, approaches, structures and strategies in education to overcome barriers with a […]

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How can we best provide community supports in low- and middle-income countries?

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Researchers, advocates, and policymakers often cite statistics about the relative income of people with and without disabilities. The idea being that barriers to participation in the labor market limit the ability of people with disabilities to secure an adequate level of economic well-being.

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Looking back: the unsteady path towards inclusive development policy

If international development actors and national governments are to embrace the promise of Agenda 2030 To Leave No One Behind, ensuring public policies and programs are truly inclusive is an obvious strategy. Considering the diversity of understanding of the concept of inclusive development, or inclusive growth, it is worth revisiting the evolution of some of […]

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Cost benefit vs cost effectiveness

Advocates for inclusive policy are often asked to make the “business case” for inclusion, often being pressed for a cost-benefit analysis of various policies. In a world with limited resources, it makes sense that policymakers want resources to provide the biggest benefit possible. However, there are several problems with the cost-benefit approach when it comes […]

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An initial overview of specific social protection measures for persons with disabilities and their families in response to COVID 19 crisis

Considering the inequalities and barriers faced by persons with disabilities and their families before the crisis, an inclusive social protection response and recovery is critical to mitigate their further impoverishment and marginalisation. The COVID 19 crisis “has revealed once again the devastating consequences of systemic shocks for societies and economies in the absence of universal […]

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