Disability identification, assessment and information systems for inclusive social protection


To provide disability related support to address the diversity of direct and indirect costs for children, working age adults and older persons with disabilities, social protection systems need to know who and where they are and what they need. Getting that information will allow social protection systems to be able to define the package of support required and decide eligibility to such support.

Such identification of persons with disabilities and their needs can be done at different level and different depths from identification of household that are likely to have persons with disabilities in social registries to full fledge disability management information system. The latter usually builds on disability assessment and certification mechanisms.

The challenge is to set up structures that allow for this identification, assessment, and certification to be easily accessible to all, as comprehensive as possible, and reliable at reasonable costs. Developing such mechanism imply sensitive reform with a diversity of technical, institutional and political challenges.

Following up on previous webinars on the subject, this webinar reviewed the lessons learned of recent and on-going reforms in low income, lower middle income and upper middle income countries both with regards to making social registry disability inclusive and developing disability assessment, certification and management information systems with presentation about diverse contexts such as Mauritania, Cambodia and Armenia.



Alexandre Cote, Social protection and disability inclusion policy specialist, UNICEF

Andrey Tretyak, Senior social protection specialist, World Bank

Maya Simonyan,  ECD Specialist, UNICEF Armenia

Cheikh Rabbani, IT and Database Expert, Social Registry Mauritania

Armenuhi Hovakimyan, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Armenia

Sovannary Keo, Social policy specialist, UNICEF Cambodia

Erika Tsuruyama,  Evaluation Specialist, UNICEF Cambodia


Moderator: Alradi Abdallah, Inclusive Humanitarian Action & Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, International Disability Alliance



Joint Guidance Note V1.0: Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems: Enabling Participation and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Previous Webinars: 

Disability assessment, identification and information systems (17th march 2022 conference Disability - Social Protection - Inclusion: Dialogue for change)

Interoperability in Action #5: Social Protection Information System interacting with Disability Registry


This is the fourth webinar of the series “Towards inclusive social protection systems: participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities”. Following the adoption of the joint statement “Towards inclusive social protection systems supporting the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities” in 2019, a broad coalition of development partners, experts OPDs took part in a process facilitated by UNICEF, ILO and IDA with the support of the UNPRPD, the government of Norway and the European Commission to develop technical resources. The series is implemented jointly with these partners and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It will discuss some of the core modules of the guidance note on building more inclusive social protection systems.​