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10 December 2014

From Alms to Income: Begging as an overlooked issue of disability and poverty

Beggars with disabilities are among the poorest and most disadvantaged members of any society. Yet they are virtually invisible in the policy agenda as well as development efforts of countries around the world. They are equally overlooked in broader advocacy efforts to improve opportunities for people with disabilities or to address disability and poverty issues. This is the case even in countries that have ratified and are moving to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Drawing on a literature review and data from the field, this webinar presents baseline data gathered in an exploratory study of disabled beggars in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, including the factors that influenced their decision to turn to begging, a description of their daily lives, and their aspirations for the future. Based on the analysis, points of intervention are suggested to break the cycle of disability and begging.

  • Barbara Murray, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Office Skills and Employment Department
  • Nora Groce, Chair and Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London

Registration Fee: $75.

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December 10th, 8:00AM - 9:30PM
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