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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Budget advocacy is needed for a chance of an inclusive new normal

The COVID-19 crisis has magnified the significant barriers and inequalities faced by persons with disabilities all over the world. Everywhere the lack of accessibility of information and essential services, including health care, has put persons with disabilities at greater risk. In high-income countries, while extensive social protection mechanisms allow for mitigating the impact of the crisis, […]

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The role of public budget

In recent years, as many countries have adopted new legislation to implement the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), interest has been growing on the role of public budget in supporting the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The terms inclusive budgeting, disability budgeting, disability responsive budgeting, are somehow used interchangeably. While they offer […]

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Clarification needed: Measuring Extra Costs of Disability

As we mentioned in our October 2017 blog entry, a growing body of qualitative and quantitative research confirms what is well known to people with disabilities – living with a disability entails extra costs. Not accounting for these costs leads the inadequacy of social protection programs or other programs designed to promote inclusion, an issue […]

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Measuring cost of disability …

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. However, direct comparisons of income levels between people with and without disabilities […]

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