1 September 2020


The COVID-19 crisis has amplified the barriers and inequalities faced by persons with disabilities. Consultation with organisations representing persons with disabilities in different regions has highlighted the limitation of social protection systems in low- and middle-income countries to provide adequate support due to a lack of social protection schemes, or low coverage and inadequacy of existing schemes. There is little in the way of publicly funded community support services and, in some contexts, an overreliance on residential institutions, whose users have been disproportionally represented among COVID-19 fatalities. This webinar aimed at providing a global overview of the social protection response for persons with disabilities and their families, as well as the different key social protection issues to consider for an inclusive COVID-19 recovery.


  • Alex Cote, UNPRPD-ILO-UNICEF Inclusive Social Protection programme
  • Meenakshi Balasubramanian, Centre for Inclusive Policy
  • Fatma Wangare, Inclusion Africa
  • Karishma Huda, Makhota program Indonesia 
  • Joaozito dos Santos, Ra’es Hadomi Timor Oan

Moderator: Felicity O’Brien, Social Protection Section, DFAT

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Attendees: 154


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