Elements of the Financial and Economic Costs of Disability to Households in South Africa

A pilot study

UNICEF South Africa/2015


While South Africa has a number of social security measures in place that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, a further understanding of the economic vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities and their families on the disability-related costs they incur is required. This is the objective of this study, which was jointly supported by the Department of Social Development and the UN Country Team within the context of the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which seeks to accelerate the implementation of the CRPD in South Africa.

The lack of reasonable accommodation and support places an unfair burden on persons with disabilities and their families, who have to bear the associated costs. It also negatively affects economic development by reducing their potential productivity.

This pilot study is a first attempt to delineate the financial and economic consequences for persons with disabilities and their households in South Africa – and, indeed, for any low- and middle-income country.

Commissioned by UNICEF and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
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