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Working futures?Disabled people, policy and social inclusion$
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Alan Roulstone and Colin Barnes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346261

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346261.001.0001

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Disabled people and ‘employment’ in the majority world: policies and realities

Disabled people and ‘employment’ in the majority world: policies and realities

(p.175) Twelve Disabled people and ‘employment’ in the majority world: policies and realities
Working futures?

Alan Roulstone

Colin Barnes

Policy Press

This chapter provides an appraisal of the role of paid work in the lives of some of the poorest disabled people. It posits that notions of employment and work are very different in these contexts, drawing on extensive work with disabled people in Africa and beyond. The chapter notes that many Africans simply ‘make out’ in informal but essential economic contexts. It raises the challenge of translating World Bank, International Labour Organization, and World Health Organization, policy measures in societies where little if any policy infrastructure obtains. The chapter points to what might be called ‘appropriate disability policy’, one which takes account of the economic, cultural, and familial structures onto which policy objectives are placed. It cautions against a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to policy solutions. The chapter reminds readers of the wider global links between disability, poverty, and worklessness in the ‘first’, ‘second’, and ‘third’ worlds.

Keywords:   paid work, poorest disabled people, Africa, informal economic context, World Bank, International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, appropriate disability policy, policy solutions

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