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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Effective poverty reduction for persons living with disabilities


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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: What are the political and institutional conditions necessary for effective poverty reduction for persons with disabilities in Liberia?

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Power of partnership conference: Presentation: Effective poverty reduction for persons living with disabilities

  1. 1. What are the Political and Institutional Conditions Necessary for Effective Poverty Reduction for Persons with Disabilities in Liberia? Dr Maria Kett, Head of Research and Honorary Reader in Disability and Development, Leonard Cheshire Research Centre, UCL Mr Boakai Nyan, Group of 77, Liberia Power of Partnership: Research to alleviate poverty Delhi 3 December 2018
  2. 2. Our journey from research to impact… How does multidimensional poverty affects wellbeing among individuals with disabilities and their families in Liberia both within the household and compared to their non-disabled counterparts? • Quantitative household survey (2,020 respondents) comparing the responses of persons with disabilities to their nondisabled peers in five counties (Montserrado, Lofa, Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Sinoe) to understand inter- and intra-household dynamics of poverty and disability • 22 focus group discussions with persons with disabilities, as well as six with Ebola survivors, to compare the experiences during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015. • Over 30 key informant interviews of community leaders, government officials and other stakeholders in the five counties. • Analysis of disability inclusion in national policies and legislations
  3. 3. Some key findings…
  4. 4. Key findings cont… Lack of trust in state institutions, which results in lack of expectation around state support, particularly regarding the rights and responsibilities of the state towards older adults and women. Persons with disabilities who are not HOH are often politically disengaged, perpetuating marginalisation and exclusion - Persons with disabilities – particularly women with disabilities –experience higher risk of crime and insecurity
  5. 5. Impact… • University of Liberia – student population; research interest and capacity building • Input into UNDP National Disability Action Plan and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) • Proposal to GATES/MISK on Youth, TVET and sports as a result of partnership opportunities. • Input into research publications 5
  6. 6. What would you do differently? • More mechanisms for sustainability – links between partners facilitated impact, but there could be increased opportunities to actively engage with research processes (but may need additional funding, e.g. to undertake post-research impact and engagement activities in-country) • Getting findings into practice as well as policy • Stronger links to broader issues of discrimination and exclusion 6