The livelihoods sector encompasses a number of areas including work and employment, social protection, vocational training and access to credit, all of which are relevant for persons with disabilities to create a sustainable life for themselves and their families. However persons with disabilities find themselves discriminated against when seeking employment, may have had limited access to formal and informal training activities for employment, and often are not considered trustworthy by credit providers. They also may have difficulty accessing information about their rights to welfare or financial support, or the processes needed to apply for these.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Article 28 (Adequate standard of living and social protection) provides that persons with disabilities have the right to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.
Similarly, UNCRPD Article 27 (Work and employment) states that persons with disabilities should have the right to participate in the labour market, make choices about types of work, and work in environments that are open, inclusive and accessible.
Development actors must understand the linkages between education, training, employment, financial inclusion and social protection measures, and tailor appropriate responses across these sectors.
See also: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).