Social Security Policy Support (SSPS) Programme

An initiative of the Cabinet Division and the General Economics Division (GED) of Bangladesh Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh

Perception Study – Situation Analysis of Person with Disabilities in Bangladesh and role of Social Protection

Based on WHO1is global estimates of 15%, Bangladesh with a population of about 160 million people could conceivably have around 16 million people with disabilities that is about 10% percent of the population. The most important targets for this disadvantaged group is SDG 8 which is to ensure Decent Work and Economic Growth for all and SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities. The adoption of the National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) in recent times has been a major policy advancement that Bangladesh government has been committed to. It has incorporated and added disability themes in various policies that is appropriate to a middle-income country. More than 1.7% Bangladeshi nationals are identified as disabled according to the disability detection survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Welfare (MOSW) in 2018. Against this background, the Government of Bangladesh has come up with policies and action plans that will incorporate and include this group to have a strong platform where they can voice their opinions and not be left behind.

Research Objectives

  • Identification of factors and challenges that affect the participation of the Person with Disabilities.
  • Providing way forward to address the access barriers
  • Role of Social Protection for differently abled persons
    Methodological approaches
  • Primary research has been conducted by Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) by handing standard questionnaire
    to 80 (PWDS) with equal representation of men and women, from all income levels aged 18 and above.
  • Secondary data has been collected from different sources such as reports of various organization, various books,
    journals, newspapers and articles.

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