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14 November 2016

Disability Inclusion in livelihood programmes in India

From 2nd till 6th of May 2016, Mr. Murali Padmanabhan, regional gender and disability inclusion advisor of ICCO and Light for the World, paid a visit to the North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) in the state of Sikkim. During the visit it was possible to have conversations and consultation with District project management (south & west) teams, State Coordinator and Beneficiaries. On May 9th the Programme Director of NERLP was visited and the following findings and recommendations were shared and concrete follow-up steps were agreed.

Main findings of the visit:

  • 50% of persons with disabilities live in rural areas.
  • 80-90% of disabled persons of working age are unemployed.
  • There is a positive environment and willingness of the NERLP stakeholders to consider disability mainstreaming, but staff lack the skills to do it.
  • Non-availability of disability disaggregated data in the NERLP programme.
  • Disability is being viewed from a medical or charity point of view.
  • Lack of deliberate attempts to include persons with disabilities (disadvantaged) within the interventions.
  • Absence of drive to enrol youth with disabilities in skill development program.
  • Challenging geographical environment and poor accessible infrastructure.
  • Limited facilities/schemes/program to promote rural livelihood options among persons with disabilities.
  • Limited information, tools, techniques, knowledge and skills among the development agencies to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities.

For more information on this subject, contact Murali Padmanabhan.

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