This working paper is part of a series of publications that identify good practice in enabling the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection systems and programmes.
It finds that persons with disabilities in Zambia face a range of challenges across the lifecycle and would significantly benefit from access to social protection, as well as other public services. ZAPD, the agency for person with disabilities, has overall responsibility for disability in Zambia, but is under-resourced. Ideally, ZAPD should operate at a higher level in government to provide oversight on service delivery across government so that persons with disabilities can access all government services on an equal basis. More investment is needed in the disability assessment process, which should be improved significantly. At the same time, Zambia has made good progress in expanding its Social Cash Transfer programme, which has become increasingly inclusive of persons with disabilities, including among the elderly. Nonetheless, more needs to be done to improve access and a range of recommendations can be found throughout this report.
This paper is one of seven country case studies produced as part of the DFID-financed study: Leaving no-one behind: How social protection can help people with disabilities move out of extreme poverty.