Poverty Reduction Strategies: Their Importance for Disability
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[Excerpt] In recent years, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) have made substantial headway in increasing country ownership of poverty reduction strategies and opening the policy dialogue between government and civil society. In the process, PRSPs have emerged as a key instrument for reducing the poverty of poor households. There is a wide consensus that disabled persons, being disproportionately poor, are among the population groups that should benefit from the poverty reduction programs of PRSPs. The issue, however, is whether they are de facto excluded from benefiting from current poverty reduction strategies. As argued by the ILO, PRSPs do not meet the needs of disabled persons because they are based on a limited social protection policy that conveys a wrong impression about the abilities and aspirations of the majority of disabled persons. Furthermore, they do not reflect the basic principles of the modern approach to disability adopted by the United Nations. This report is an attempt to assess the validity of the mentioned argument by reviewing the disability policy content of PRSPs. In doing so, the report focuses on whether the specific poverty dimensions of disabled persons are acknowledged and the critical interventions for improving the economic and social integration of disabled persons are included in PRSPs.
disability; poverty; Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers; PRSPs; human rights