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What works to ensure older men and women with disabilities are equally included in social protection programmes?

Globally, there are approximately 1 billion older adults (aged 60 years and above) and this number is expected to rise to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. Over 38% of older adults have some form of disability. Older adults with disability (OAWD) constitute a heterogeneous group of people with multiple vulnerabilities. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda set the pace for the protection and inclusion of OPWD in mainstream development to promote their welfare and overall wellbeing. Social protection is an essential condition for the socio-economic development of all persons, especially marginalized groups such as OAWD. Social protection programmes constitute measures that provide benefits to guarantee income security and access to essential services. There is a paucity of evidence on the inclusion of OAWD into social protection programs, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This brief synthesizes evidence on strategies that work to include OAWD in social protection programmes.

  • Livelihood & Social Protection
SignificanceFeasibilityApplicabilityEquity
Recommendations
  • Ensure social security services are client-centred
  • Provide universal access to effective social security services
  • Ensure adequacy of social income security
  • Ensure that OAWD are aware of the full range of social security benefits available to them
  • Deploy strategies to protect jobs and promote access to job markets and employment in formal and informal sectors
  • Provide a legal framework for social protection services

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