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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 1-03
Disabled People and Government Policies in Southern Asian Countries: From the Viewpoint of “Disability and Development”


In South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, there have been several assistance programs for people with disabilities (PWDs), including small grants and community development sponsored by the World Bank and other international donors. Some researchers in Europe and the United States have also written academic articles about the conditions of people with disabilities in these countries. However, there has not been sufficient study by academic specialists from the newly emerging viewpoint of “Disability and Development,” research that will help identify the remaining problems and necessary action agendas.

This two-year project is designed to bridge the gap between the needs and the realities of PWDs. Last year, we collected previous research on PWDs in these countries and their government policies for people with disabilities, as well as and the history and activities of related organizations (DPOs). This year, we will analyze the information from a social science viewpoint and research the history of DPO and the policy effects of general Poverty Reduction Strategies on them. Some researchers claim that the trickle-down benefits of general development would be sufficient to alleviate the plight of poor PWDs in developing countries. Our research aims at testing this hypothesis. The findings will help us ascertain action agendas for Disability Inclusive Millennium Development Goals in South Asian countries.


April 2010 - March 2011

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MORI Soya
[ Co-researchers ] YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
INOUE Kyoko (Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Daito Bunka University)
(Manager, International Training Section, Planning and Training Division,
Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities)