This week in recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Development Pathways launched the 2019 edition of our Disability Benefit Database – a unique inventory of tax-financed disability benefits in low- and middle-income countries around the world. To support the release of the database key project organisers released a blog to showcase some key findings. Read the blog here.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – now ratified by 181 countries around the world – recognises the ‘right to social protection’ and that governments should provide assistance to meet disability-related expenses. Yet, in reality, it is estimated that only 28 per cent of persons with severe disabilities receive a disability benefit. Our database illustrates that many governments in low- and middle-income countries have found it possible to introduce such schemes, but it also reveals challenges with under-coverage and adequacy.
Find the database here.