29 October 2020


Because of barriers in infrastructure, transports, services, and the workplace as well as lack of support, persons with disabilities and their families must spend more than those without disabilities to access essential services or achieve basic social and economic participation. In addition, they also tend to earn less income due to barriers in employment and opportunity costs incurred by family members providing support. Together, those additional expenses and forgone income constitute the disability-related costs which may drive people in poverty and prevent them to seize economic opportunities for sustainable escape from poverty.

This webinar presented the diversity of disability-related costs and the role of different methods used to assess them. It also presented practices of accounting for disability costs in the design of mainstream social protection schemes and how low and middle-income countries can progressively build the combination of cash transfers, concessions, and services needed to address them.


  • Alexandre Cote, UNPRDP-ILO-UNICEF
  • Ludovico Carraro, FCDO-GDC SPACE
  • Bimbika Sijapati Bassnet and Mercoledi Nasiir, Prospera program
  • Sawang Srisom, Independent Expert
  • Josh Wakaniyasi, Fiji Federation of Persons with Disabilities

Moderator: Felicity O’Brien, DFAT

Webinar materials:


Registrants: 244


Attendees: 115


Youtube views: 327

(until august/2021)