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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 1-13
Poverty Reduction for the Disabled- Livelihood of the Disabled in developing countries


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 World’s Approach for Poverty Reduction as well as MDGs. More people recognize the Disability Inclusive Development is a key factor for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Equal Opportunity for people with disabilities and the Right-based approach should be the main theme for the strategy. At the same time ‘Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Mainstreaming the Disability Inclusive Development’ should be basic approaches for poverty reduction.
However, the governments of developing countries rarely have analytical foundation to address this issue. Therefore, we will conduct a full-fledged study which will be the foundation for policy planning for the above strategy and approaches. First, we will analyze the exiting national data about Disability in developing countries from the point of the following three factors, 1) Employment 2)Self-Employment 3) Direct Assistance by Family, Community and Government. Second, we will collect necessary data about households with Disabled person(s) in collaboration with Philippine Institute of Development Studies and Disability SHOs in Metro Manila, the Philippines, and get newest national data about PWDs from Indonesia and China. All the data would be analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively.


Members of the Research Project

YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
HIRAMOTO Minoru (Area Studies Center)
KAMEI Nobutaka (Research Fellow, Tokyo University of Foreign Language)
FUKUDA Akiko (Waseda University, International Community Center)