2023
Publisher: 
Asian Development Bank, ADB
Language:
English

Session 6B: Development of Inclusive Care and Support Systems Across the Life Cycle

Inclusive care and support systems are essential for developing human capabilities, achieving equal socio-economic participation, and ensuring functioning societies. It is widely recognized that investing in care and support systems has economic and social paybacks through a triple dividend: by facilitating women’s labor force participation; creating decent jobs in paid care sectors and enhancing individuals’ capabilities throughout the lifecourse. There is clear need to tackle the inherent tension between providing more and better-quality care and support services for children, persons with disabilities, and older populations and implications on gender equality for predominantly women and girl caregivers. This requires innovating new and context-specific approaches that are inherently multisectoral solutions in nature and require contributions across a variety of sectors to develop truly inclusive care and support systems that better serve care and support users and caregivers in the communities in which they live. This session delved into the development of inclusive care and support systems that are responsive to the needs of users of care and support such as children, persons with disabilities, and older age populations, while reducing burden and gender inequality for predominantly women and girl caregivers.