Sightsavers Reports

Supplementary evidence review

October 2017

Facilitating the economic independence of people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

This supplementary evidence review seeks to synthesise existing evidence on the effects of interventions designed to improve the labour market situation for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities in LMICs. Drawing on primary data, academic analysis and practitioner commentaries, it describes the range, diversity and impact of interventions undertaken across a range of LMICs between 1990 and 2013. Such interventions are a key means of achieving the goal of a socially inclusive society, where all individuals and groups are able to claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities.

The review draws on ‘pre-collected’ evidence, employing research publications that were previously excluded from a traditional systematic review (Tripney et al., 2015) on methodological grounds (n=98). The aim is to widen the evidence base (beyond quantitative methodologies) to see what works regarding labour market interventions in developing country contexts, and in so doing provide a supplementary systematic review, incorporating a wider range of evidence types and providing added value to Sightsavers’ ongoing work and objectives and to disability studies more widely.


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