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Best Practices on informal economy and disabilities

Following the beginning of the cycle of webinars on disabilities and development, organized by the EU funded project “Bridging the Gap II” to foster a culture of disability mainstreaming in development cooperation's projects and programmes, here are some best practices on the strengthening of the informal economy with attention to persons with disabilities from the section 2.4.8. (p. 189) of the Volume 4.2. of the RNSF research Recommendations Based on Analysis of a Range of Development Agencies on Support to People Dependent on the Informal Economy:

  1. Involve people with disabilities and their (representative) organisations in developing national or local strategies to eradicate poverty.
  2. Include attention to people with disabilities in programmes/projects with people dependent on the IE. Provide advocacy to stimulate skills training for people with disabilities, including women with disabilities.
  3. Stimulate the media to portray men and women with disabilities in various occupations including in IE work. Include images of persons with disabilities in materials produced by projects oriented towards people dependent on the informal economy.
  4. Tackle the multiple barriers faced by persons with disabilities, including  disability-stigma, and involve them in agricultural activities, following 5 key priorities:
  • Promote income-generating and employment opportunities that include people with disabilities ‘needs and priorities, taking into account as much as possible the extra cost of disability. If you are a person with disabilities, you may face extra cost if you get a job: first of all, you might loose you disability benefit (in some partner countries, the condition to receive the disability benefit is the absence of work). Also you may have to use public transport to go to the work place, but public transport might not be accessible. You might have to take a taxi or by an adapted car… all things that are related to “disability extra costs”, and could be covered by a social protection scheme.
  • Update production technologies to meet the requirements of rural workers with disabilities.
  • Promote/facilitate occupational health and safety in work implemented by people with disabilities who are dependent on the informal economy, including accident prevention.
  • Integrate disability issues into national development policies and programmes as related to people dependent on the informal economy.
  • Develop the capacity of civil society organisations and Disabled people’s organisations to engage in policy development.
  1. Include post-training support such as job-placement and specialised training for people with disabilities to retain their employment. Develop partnerships between entities that can strengthen entrepreneurial skills and business development opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Pierre Berman
28 March 2018

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