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Including persons with disabilities in social cash transfer programmes in developing countries


  • Kate Gooding

    (Sightsavers International, UK)

  • Anna Marriot

    (Independent Consultant)


This paper discusses inclusion of persons with disabilities in social cash transfer programmes in developing countries. Drawing on material from literature reviews and interviews, it considers potential challenges in the design of these programmes, particularly barriers to access and the complexities of assessment, and the impact of transfers for persons with disabilities. The paper identifies some key principles for including persons with disabilities in social transfer schemes, specifically: strong legal foundations; participation of persons with disabilities in programme design, implementation and evaluation; and embedding transfers within a wider framework of action to tackle discrimination and empower persons with disabilities. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Kate Gooding & Anna Marriot, 2009. "Including persons with disabilities in social cash transfer programmes in developing countries," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(5), pages 685-698.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:21:y:2009:i:5:p:685-698
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1597

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    1. Marcelo Medeiros & Debora Diniz & Flávia Squinca, 2006. "Cash Benefits to Disabled Persons in Brazil: an analysis of BPC - continuous cash benefit programme," Discussion Papers 1184, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.
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    1. Akerkar, Supriya & Joshi, P.C. & Fordham, Maureen, 2016. "Cultures of Entitlement and Social Protection: Evidence from Flood Prone Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 86(C), pages 46-58.
    2. Igei, Kengo, 2017. "Untangling Disability and Poverty: A Matching Approach Using Large-scale Data in South Africa," Working Papers 142, JICA Research Institute.
    3. Kelly, Gabrielle, 2017. "Patient agency and contested notions of disability in social assistance applications in South Africa," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 175(C), pages 109-116.

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