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3ie-LIDC Seminar Series: Interventions to Support Employment among Disabled Adults in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00
Upper Meeting Room (103), London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Janice Tripney, Lecturer in Social Policy, UCL-Institute of Education, University College London.

Abstract: The costs of disability are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries, where up to 80% of people with disabilities of working age can be unemployed, around twice that for their counterparts in industrialised countries. When disabled people do work, they generally do so for longer hours and lower incomes, have fewer chances of promotion, and are more likely to work in the informal labour market. This issue has received growing attention from policymakers and a range of legislative and other interventions aimed at securing an improvement in the labour market positon of the disabled have been introduced. This seminar presented a systematic review commissioned by Sightsavers International and 3ie to examine the evidence base on this topic published since 1990. The focus was on impact evaluations investigating outcomes for adults with physical and/or sensory impairments associated with disability. Eligible studies were combined in a narrative synthesis. As well as reviewing the existing literature, key research gaps are also identified.

About the Speaker: Janice Tripney is a lecturer in social policy at the UCL-Institute of Education, University College London. She is particularly interested in the history and politics of evidence use, and the use and methodology of systematic reviews.

This seminar was part of the 3ie-LIDC Seminar Series 'What works in International Development'.

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