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Arne H. Eide and Benedicte Ingstad

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428851

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.001.0001

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Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries

Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries

Chapter:
(p.55) Three Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries
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Disability and poverty
Author(s):

Arne H. Eide

Mitch E. Loeb

Sekai Nhiwatiwa

Alister Munthali

Thabale J. Ngulube

Gert van Rooy

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0004

Living conditions and poverty are two common quantifiers or parameters of socioeconomic status, and both have evolved from rather narrow economic and material concepts to encompass broader and more complex understandings. While poverty research has focused on defining poverty and establishing poverty profiles, identifying poor populations and strategies for reducing poverty, studies on living conditions are based on more loosely bound sets of indicators that are applied to measure, for example, level of income, education, access to information, access to healthcare, and social participation in a population, and to establish differences between population sub-groups for descriptive, comparative, and monitoring purposes. This chapter utilises data collected on the living conditions among people with and without disabilities in the southern African region to assess the disability–poverty relationship.

Keywords:   living conditions, poverty, socioeconomic status, disability–poverty relationship, social participation, southern African region

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