This topic guide and associated reading list is available on the GSDRC website.

Disability Topic Guide

This GSDRC topic guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response.

The guide is publicly available for download here. GSDRC have also produced a reading pack and short video on Disability and Development.

Disability does not necessary imply limited well-being and poverty. Yet there is growing evidence that the estimated one billion people with disabilities face attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers that result in multi-dimensional poverty, exclusion and marginalization.

Disability inclusion could increase earnings, tax revenues, and individual and societal well-being. It need not be costly or complicated. Inclusive approaches are more cost-effective than piecemeal disability interventions.

About this Topic Guide

This guide was written by Brigitte Rohwerder (GSDRC, Institute of Development Studies). Production was funded by DFID with contribution from:

  • Sophie Mitra (Fordham University)
  • Maria Kett, (Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UCL)
  • Karen Andrae (International Development and Disability Consultant)
  • Fiach O’Broin-Molloy and Carrie Netting (DFID)
  • Evie Browne (University of Birmingham)

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