Disabled people and ‘employment’ in the majority world: policies and realities

Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

in Working futures?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346261
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304333 | DOI:
Disabled people and ‘employment’ in the majority world: policies and realities

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This chapter provides an appraisal of the role of paid work in the lives of some of the poorest disabled people. It posits that notions of employment and work are very different in these contexts, drawing on extensive work with disabled people in Africa and beyond. The chapter notes that many Africans simply ‘make out’ in informal but essential economic contexts. It raises the challenge of translating World Bank, International Labour Organization, and World Health Organization, policy measures in societies where little if any policy infrastructure obtains. The chapter points to what might be called ‘appropriate disability policy’, one which takes account of the economic, cultural, and familial structures onto which policy objectives are placed. It cautions against a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to policy solutions. The chapter reminds readers of the wider global links between disability, poverty, and worklessness in the ‘first’, ‘second’, and ‘third’ worlds.

Keywords: paid work; poorest disabled people; Africa; informal economic context; World Bank; International Labour Organization; World Health Organization; appropriate disability policy; policy solutions

Chapter.  5090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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