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3.2.13 - RT 13: Bridging the disability inequality gap: Changes needed for an inclusive COVID 19 response and recovery

The Round-tables allowed organisations working in the field of social protection to propose their topics of interest and engage in an open discussion with experts, while also involving the audience. In these virtual round-tables, current pressing topics derived from experiences with the COVID-19 crisis were discussed by selected experts with a focus on the future of social protection.

The COVID-19 crisis has magnified the inequalities faced by people with disabilities and highlighted the limitations of social protection systems in providing support and relief to this population. This round-table explored the inclusiveness of current practices of social protection schemes. Key lessons learned from countries that have strived to provide support include: 1) the importance of an inclusive and accessible unique/social registry with data about households with persons with disabilities - combined with national disability registries; 2) the need for disability, gender and age-disaggregated data to plan and monitor inclusion; and 3) the need to move towards universal disability allowances compatible with work and other income support to ensure adequate coverage, support resilience and economic empowerment, and facilitate rapid response in case of covariate shocks.  

Kenya’s inclusive social protection response to COVID-19 stands out in this regard: an additional disability cash transfer programme as a direct response to the pandemic has been initiated by the government, in close collaboration with organisations for persons with disabilities at the national and local level to quickly identify beneficiaries. Other interesting country cases discussed during this session include Lebanon, Syria, the Dominican Republic and Fiji. 

Speakers: Luca Pellerano, Veronika Wodsak, Phoebe A Nyagudi, Jefrey Lizardo Ortiz, Hala Darwish, Salote Biukoto, Atif Khurshid 

Moderator: Jose Vieira 

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Link to the recording in Spanish

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