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Social protection "vital to ensure that no person with a disability is left behind"

Recommendations on how nations can include everybody, including persons with a disability, in their social and ecomomic development strategies have been set out after the UK's DFID vowed to prioritise the issue.

The recommendations, set out in a presentation by Development Pathways' Senior Social Policy Specialist Stephen Kidd and Morgan Banks, Research Fellow, the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, last month, have now been published and are available here. They underline the need for disability-sensitive social protection given that not including persons with a disability as economies grow leads to higher rates of poverty.

The intervention came after DFID commissioned Development Pathways to undertake research on social protection for persons with a disability, with findings due to be published later this year.

Stephen Kidd said: "To ensure no one is left behind, quality disability sensitive schemes need to be designed and implemented. In this regard, it is important to increase the participation of people with disabilities throughout the stages of design, implementation and monitoring."

Data shows that persons with a disability benefit less from education and then participate less in the labour market, as in South Africa - as analysis by Development Pathways underscores (see below).

Persons with a disability left behind