Social Protection and Disability in Zambia

This working paper is part of a series of publications that identify good practice in enabling the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection systems and programmes. It finds that persons with disabilities in Zambia face a range of challenges across the lifecycle and would significantly benefit from access to social protection, as well as other public services. ZAPD, the agency for person with disabilities, has overall responsibility for disability in Zambia, but is under-resourced.

At the same time, Zambia has made good progress in expanding its Social Cash Transfer programme, which has become increasingly inclusive of persons with disabilities, including among the elderly. Nonetheless, more needs to be done to improve access and a range of recommendations can be found throughout this report.