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ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2017/2


Publication Type: Reports & studies

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination

Focus Area: Inclusive development, 2030 Agenda, Future of employment

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Keywords: Disability, Disability benefits, Health insurance, Persons with disabilities, Social protection, Sustainable development

Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Arab Countries

January 2017

This report presents an overview of social protection for persons with disabilities in Arab countries through the prism of the 2030 Agenda. Doing so, it focuses on social insurance, social assistance and health care. The report aspires to understand whether social protection is accessible to persons with disabilities, and whether it adequately responds to their needs and preferences.

Arab countries are committed to improving the situation of persons with disabilities. However, implementing legislation and realizing ambitions often proves challenging, and the exclusion of persons with disabilities is in part self-perpetuating. Inclusive social protection is critical in order to overcome these challenges. Importantly, though, social protection needs to be an integrated component of the larger development agenda.

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