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Brown School

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Social Work

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Journal Article

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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.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article online published online by Taylor&Francis in Third World Quarterly on 19/09/2011, available online: Published while author was with Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Center, University College London.



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