Social protection for people with disabilities in Africa and Asia: a review of programmes for low- and middle-income countries

Peer-reviewed article
(2018 Sep) 1, 47 97-112


Matthew Walsham, Hannah Kuper, Lena Morgon Banks and Karl Blanchet


Despite a greater need for social protection among people with disabilities, there is limited evidence of their inclusion into social protection programmes in low- and middle-income countries. This paper presents the findings from a review of regional and global data sources for Asia-Pacific and Africa to identify social protection programmes that aim to include people with disabilities. It finds a substantial number of programmes in both regions, although there is considerable variation in the quantity and types of programmes within and between regions and countries, as well as between low- and middle-income countries. Further, the quality of data is not sufficient to assess the degree to which these programmes are genuinely inclusive of people with disabilities. As such, it highlights important limitations in the way data is currently being collected that require further attention in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to ‘Leave No-one Behind’

Livelihood & Social Protection