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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 1-13
Poverty Reduction for the Disabled: Livelihood of Disabled People in Developing Countries

Outline

On December 13, 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention is a great achievement for the global approach to poverty reduction as well as the MDGs. An increasing number of people have come to recognize Disability-Inclusive Development as being a key factor for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Equal opportunities for people with disabilities and the rights-based approach should be the main themes for the strategy. At the same time, “Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Mainstreaming Disability Inclusive Development” should be the basic approaches for poverty reduction.

Unfortunately, governments of developing countries rarely have the analytical foundation for addressing this issue. Therefore, we will conduct a full-fledged study which can become the foundation for policy planning for the above strategy and approaches. First, we will analyze the existing data about disability in developing countries, focusing on the following three factors: (1) employment, (2) self-employment, and (3) direct assistance by family, community and government. Second, we will collect necessary data about households with disabled person(s) in the Philippines as a pilot study. All the data will be analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively.

Period

April 2007 - March 2009

Organizer

Members of the Research Project

MORI Soya
YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
NOGAMI Hiroki
KOBAYASHI Masayuki
HIGASHIKATA Takayuki
TERAMOTO Minoru
KAMEI Nobutaka (COE Associate Professor, Kwansei-Gakuin University)
FUKUDA Akiko (International Community Center, Waseda University)

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