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No One Left Behind? Comparing Poverty and Deprivation between People with and without Disabilities in the Maldives

International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Es-Key, Malé 20353, Maldives
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2066;
Received: 16 January 2020 / Revised: 4 March 2020 / Accepted: 5 March 2020 / Published: 7 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Human Geography and Social Sustainability)

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals call for the disaggregation of all indicators by disability and other characteristics so as to “leave no one behind” from development progress. Data on disability, however, is acknowledged to be lacking, which is essential for informing policy and planning. Consequently, this study estimates the prevalence of disability in the Maldives and compares indicators of poverty and living conditions between people with and without disabilities, using nationally-representative, population-based data (n = 5363). The prevalence of disability was estimated at 6.8%. Overall, this research finds that people with disabilities are at risk of being left behind from progress across multiple Sustainable Development Goal domains, including in combatting income poverty, food insecurity and exclusion from health, education, work and social participation, and vulnerability to violence. Further, amongst people with disabilities, people with cognitive and mental health impairments, people living outside the capital, Male’, and children and working-age adults tend to face the highest levels of deprivation. View Full-Text
Keywords: disability; Sustainable Development Goals; Maldives disability; Sustainable Development Goals; Maldives
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Banks, L.M.; Hameed, S.; Kawsar Usman, S.; Kuper, H. No One Left Behind? Comparing Poverty and Deprivation between People with and without Disabilities in the Maldives. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2066.

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