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Smarter, greener, more inclusive? Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy. 2017 edition

July 2017

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The focus of this publication is on showing progress of the EU and its Member States towards the goals and targets defined in the Europe 2020 strategy. The analysis of long-term trends, as described by the strategy’s headline indicators, is accompanied by additional contextual information, which improves understanding of the driving forces behind the developments that these indicators show. The current edition builds upon and updates the previous releases. The publication provides analyses based on the most recent statistics in the five thematic areas of employment, R&D and innovation, climate change and energy, education, and poverty and social exclusion. Each area is analysed in a dedicated chapter. An executive summary outlines the main statistical trends observed in the indicators. Additional country profiles describe the progress of each Member State towards its national Europe 2020 targets

DOI: 10.2785/760192

Global status report on disability and development prototype 2015


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This report situates disability and inclusion within the broader context of sustainable development, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The paper provides background on the historical role of the UN in promoting inclusion and outlines the current trends and challenges facing people with disabilities globally. The following section presents these challenges within the context of the SDGs, showing that disability needs to be tackled if the SDGs are to be achieved. It concludes with a number of recommendations for a disability-inclusive 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Downward spirals : disability and health costs as contributors to poverty and imagining ways forward

May 2010

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Taking into account the gender and disability discrimination, this conference paper examines the impact of low income on the health outcomes of women with disabilities. Recommendations are provided for the proposed National Women’s Health Policy regarding women with disabilities and the management of their complex health needs. This paper is useful for people interested in women with disabilities in Australia
Australian Women's Health Network Conference
Hobart, Tasmania
18-21 May 2010

The potential impact of the global economic downturn on persons with disabilities

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October 2009

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This paper examines the potential impact of the global economic downturn on people with disabilities in both developed and developing countries. The paper highlights the importance of the inclusion of disabled people in government policies and programmes to minimize the impact of the economic downfall. This paper is useful for economists, international development practitioners and policy-makers
Working Paper Series No 9

Fuel poverty and disability

January 2009

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This report defines fuel poverty and highlights why disabled people in the UK are vulnerable. The study emphasises the link between disability and fuel poverty, and encourages the UK government to formulate an appropriate policy. This report would be useful people interested in social and economic issues for disabled people in the UK

Including the excluded : integrating disability into the EFA fast track initiative process and national education plans in Cambodia

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December 2007

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This report highlights disabled people and their access to the education system in Cambodia. It discusses Cambodia’s education system, initiatives towards the inclusion of disabled people and how they can be incorporated under Education for All Fast Track Initiatives (FTI). This report would be useful for practitioners, NGOs, policy makers and teachers interested in inclusive education in Cambodia

Social analysis and disability : a guidance note : incorporating disability-inclusive development into Bank-supported projects

World Bank
March 2007

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The Social Development department of the World Bank has produced this easy-to-use report as a part of a series of guidance notes on social analysis. It offers practical advice on mainstreaming disability-inclusive development into World Bank projects. The report provides a checklist for developing inclusive disability policies and for including people with disabilities in each aspect of the development project cycle. The report does not aim to promote separate disability projects but rather to ensure that people with disabilities are included in all projects. The report would be useful for anyone with an interest in mainstreaming disability in international development policy and practice

Qualitative survey on disability and living standards in Georgia


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This report presents the disability situation in Georgia as of September 2006. The qualitative research identifies the most significant issues, challenges and barriers faced by members of the disabled population in order to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between disability and poverty in a given country and globally, and provides recommendations aimed at designing/improving policies regarding employment, education, health care, and social protection

At the heart of change : the role of communication in sustainable development


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This paper shows how information, communication, the media and ICTs are powerful agents of change, how they can give 'voice' to the poor and contribute to more sustainable development, but it also emphasises the need to support and strengthen communication processes used by poor and marginalised people who already face many barriers to receiving information, and to develop the skills and capacity of those people to make their own voices heard. It concludes by suggesting an agenda for action by policy makers, development experts, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the private sector (including the media)

Social movements and the politicization of chronic poverty policy

August 2006

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"This paper reviews the roles of social movements in addressing chronic poverty. It focuses on three domains in which such movements might influence chronic poverty. First, it discusses their roles in challenging the institutions, social structures and political economy dynamics that underlie chronic poverty. In this domain, movements can play potential roles in changing the conditions under which accumulation occurs and attacking relationships of adverse incorporation. They can also change the relationships that underlie processes of social exclusion. Second, movements have played important roles in the cultural politics surrounding chronic poverty. They have helped change dominant meanings associated with poverty, and influenced the ways in which the poor are thought of in society. Third, in some instances movements - and in particular social movement organisations - have direct impacts on the assets that poor people own and control... Social movements' main contribution is, perhaps, that they politicize debates on chronic poverty"

Child first, migrant second : ensuring that every child matters

February 2006

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This paper attempts to address the growing tension between family law, policy and practice and immigration law, policy and practice. The paper claims that this tension 'is closely associated with the politicisation of asylum and immigration policy and the growing use of the welfare state as a tool for controlling immigration'. The aim of this paper is to examine the impact of recent changes in asylum and immigration law and practice on children subject to immigration control, which increasingly look at immigrant children, first as immigrants and second as children. It focuses on four areas of experiences: policy and practice around separated asylum seeking children; the use of poverty and detention as instruments for controlling families, and the implications for the children; the implications of current policy on trafficked children; the invisibility of privately fostered children. This paper is aimed at policy makers, judges, practitioners and social workers who routinely come into contact with children subject to immigration control

Better policies, better outcomes : promoting the mainstreaming of social inclusion

February 2006

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This study explores the growing importance of poverty and social exclusion within the European Union policy framework and how policy development can be assessed in relation to the way governments mainstream social inclusion into public policies. In the context of drafting the National Action Plans against poverty and social exclusion (NAPs/inclusion) and the implementation of policy commitments to eradicating poverty and promoting social inclusion, the work has developed a proposed framework for the evaluation of how Member States give a poverty perspective to their policy objectives

Poverty, equity and health research

MATLIN, Stephen

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The Global Forum Update on Research for Health is the result of a collaboration between the Global Forum for Health Research and Pro-Brook Publishing Limited. This second volume focuses on the cultural, social and economic factors that contribute to the growing health disparities within and between populations, and in particular between high-income countries and low-income countries. The articles address the theme of poverty, equity and health research, which was also the theme of Forum 9, held in Mumbai in 2005

DFID and disability : a mapping of the Department for International Development and disability issues

THOMAS, Philippa
June 2004

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Disability, until very recently, has been largely invisible in the development process. In 2000, DFID broke new ground by advocating a twin track approach of mainstreaming disability issues combined with specific initiatives to address the particular needs of disabled people. This report tracks what DFID is doing on the subject of disability: in programmes, research, training of staff, activities of country offices. The report states that DFID has not lived up to the expectations that were created with the issues paper, however, the agency has gained an international reputation for its rights-based and social exclusion approach to development and it is within this debate that future work on disability should be located

Focus on disability [whole issue]


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This issue of Health Alert discusses mainstreaming disability and the issues of poverty, development, and practice. The three roundtable discussions that took place in Malawi, India and Cambodia are also featured -- discussions that provided a venue for people with disabilities to highlight the links between disability, poverty, and economics. The discussions also emphasized the role of Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Other articles describe DPOs that have advanced the empowerment of people with disabilities. The Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House without Stairs) in the Philippines produces wheelchairs made by people in wheelchairs themselves. In Bangladesh, the Focusing on Lens project of SARPV showcases the photographs taken by people with visual impairments and mental health difficulties. Toitomboor’s Vision 2020 allows visually impaired children to participate in essay writing contests using Braille or audiocassettes. The stories of Luc and Peach show how people with disabilities overcome their disabilities to live full and productive lives in their communities and wider society

Disability issues in the employment and social protection

PERRY, Debora A

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The legislation in South East Asia has been changing in favour of disabled people over the last 10 years. The article suggests the challenge now is to continue this progress and to stress the importance of equal opportunities for people with disabilities



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