One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. Persons with disabilities on average as a group are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability.
Including persons with disabilities and expanding equitable opportunities is at the core of World Bank Group’s work on social inclusion and building inclusive communities. It is aligned with the World Bank Group’s goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. For the event “Why Disability Inclusive Development Matters: The Promise of Social Inclusion”, we are excited to bring to the Bank an excellent panel. The panelists are some of the most cutting edge thinkers, insightful influencers and innovative implementers; all working to operationalize disability inclusion globally. They will share their experiences; highlighting what works, what does not work and how the World Bank can more strategically include persons with disabilities in its operations.
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