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Groce, N., Bailey, N., Lang, R., & Kett, M., Trani, J. F.(2011). Disability and poverty: the need for a more nuanced understanding of implications for development policy and practice. Third World Quarterly, 32(8): 1493-1513.
The international development community is beginning to recognise that people with disabilities constitute among the poorest and most vulnerable of all groups and thus must be a core issue in development policies and programmes. Yet, the relationship between disability and poverty remains ill-defined and under-researched, with few studies providing robust and verifiable data that examines the intricacies of this relationship. A second, linked issue is the need for – and current lack of – criteria to assess whether and how disability-specific and disability ‘mainstreamed’ or ‘inclusive’ programmes work in combating the exclusion, marginalisation and poverty of people with disabilities. This article reviews existing knowledge and theory regarding the disability/poverty nexus. Using both established theoretical constructs and field based data, it attempts to identify what knowledge gaps exist and need to be addressed with future research.
Groce, Nora; Kett, Maria; Lang, Raymond; and Trani, Jean-Francois, "Disability and poverty: the need for a more nuanced understanding of implications for development policy and practice" (2011). Brown School Faculty Publications. 48.