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Social inclusion of people with disabilities in poverty reduction policies and instruments: initial impressions from Malawi and Uganda

Margaret Wazakili, Tsitsi Chataika, Gubela Mji, Kudakwashe Dube and Malcolm MacLachlan

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0002
Social inclusion of people with disabilities in poverty reduction policies and instruments: initial impressions from Malawi and Uganda

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This chapter reviews the importance of people with disabilities being included in the process of national and international development, and of them being substantial beneficiaries of this process. It begins by briefly considering the case for social inclusion in international development work in low-income countries. The chapter then reviews the internationally agreed targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how these may be restated in terms that are more inclusive of people with disabilities. It also describes an important policy instrument – the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) – which has a critical role in achieving these goals at the level of individual countries. The major analysis is drawn from initial impressions of the extent to which people with disabilities have had a meaningful role in the formulation of PRSPs in Malawi and Uganda.

Keywords: national development; Malawi; Uganda; social inclusion; Millennium Development Goals; PRSP

Chapter.  6626 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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