Situation and Access to services for homeless and people with disabilities

Report and Briefing Notes


This report presents evidence from a mixed-method study on the living conditions and needs of people with disabilities and homeless people in two sub-cities within Addis Ababa: Addis Ketema and Arada. The purpose of the study is to inform the design of a pilot programme to deliver integrated social services in the two sub-cities; and the design of the destitution component of the government-run Urban Productive Safety Net Programme (UPSNP). The study uses three main methodologies: an in-depth literature review, secondary analysis of survey datasets, and qualitative field research that took place in August 2018 in Addis Ketema and Arada.

The report analysed the problems and challenges faced by people with disabilities and homeless people regarding basic services particularly limited access to housing both on the demand and supply side. The report also looked at the challenges these people face in obtaining employment, the kinds of jobs they are engaged in and the low rate of payment they earn. The report also analysed the barriers faced by homeless people and people with disabilities such as lack of education, discrimination and stigma, lack of formal identification and lack of secure housing. Challenges these people face regarding access to health, education and protection are analysed in detail in the report. The study concludes with recommendations that have informed the design the destitution component of the government run Urban Productive Safety Net Programme. 

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UNICEF, MOLSA and Development Pathways
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