Inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection: Qualitative Report, Tanzania

This report is an output from a two-country research project, ‘Applied Research Concerning the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Systems of Social Protection’ in Peru and Tanzania. The aim of the project, which was commissioned on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, was to scientifically analyse in applied research how social protection systems are and should be designed to adequately and systematically include persons with disabilities. The research activities were led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with REPOA, the local research partner in Tanzania. In Tanzania, the study had a specific focus on Community Health Funds (CHF), health insurance schemes run by local authorities at district level. It also involved a consideration of gender aspects in inclusive social protection systems. This report presents and analyses data obtained during qualitative interviews, which sought to understand the perceptions and experiences of persons with disabilities and the extent to which existing social protection programmes in Tanzania are inclusive of persons with disabilities.