FOCUS ON – Rehabilitation & inclusive development: testimonies & case study on SDG1

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In July 2019, HI & the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA) launched the report “Rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development”. In this article, you will find the testimonies and case studies collected the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 on No Poverty.

Download the report “Rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development” here

The report situates disability and rehabilitation within global discourse and policy. Building on data, case-studies and testimonies, the report provides recommendations on the implementation of effective rehabilitation-focused policies and practices, contributing to progress towards SDGs and the realisation of human rights.

Download the full collection of case studies and testimonies here


Case study – HI Bangladesh

Recognising the linkages between disability and poverty, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has been implementing a disability-inclusive poverty graduation model in Bangladesh since 2011. The model, initially developed by BRAC to target households with basic unmet needs, aims to systematically include persons with disabilities as project holders and income earners.

In addition to the standard ‘graduation programme’ activities (consumption support, asset transfer, building savings, skill building, social integration, coaching, etc.), HI included disability-specific support, ensuring that beneficiaries had access to rehabilitation, adapted tools and adjustments needed to increase their functional autonomy and employability. HI’s work on an inclusive poverty-graduation model embeds rehabilitation and personalised social support as central components to increase the ability of beneficiaries to be economically independent. Rehabilitation project staff reached out to households to assess their needs and understand whether these can be met at the household level or referred to specialised services.

The programme initially targeted 600 persons with disabilities in the Sitakunda Region via a DFID-funded programme. After the success of the pilot, HI scaled this initiative in partnership with DFID’s Global Poverty Action Fund. With phase 2 (2015-2018), HI doubled the beneficiary target to 1,200 persons with disabilities and their households, and expanded the geographic scope to Kurigram Sardar. The approach was effective: 98% of extremely poor beneficiary households in Kurigram Sardar graduated from ‘extremely poor’ to ‘poor’ status (including women-headed households, which represented 38% of the total), lifting hundreds of persons with disabilities and their families out of extreme poverty, and ending their dependency on social safety nets.

In addition to showing high rates of ‘graduation,’ these outcomes have been sustainable, with the vast majority of graduates in Sitakunda or Kurigram Sadar being set to continue to earn sufficient income to avoid falling back into extreme poverty, thus contributing to progress towards SDG1. The success of the inclusive-graduation model has translated into implementation by HI in other countries, including Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, and South Sudan.

©Farid Khan/HI

©Farid Khan/HI

Testimony – Liliane Foundation Uganda

Irakoze is a 2 years old Rwandese living with his mother and 3 siblings in the outskirts of Kampala. Irakoze has Cerebral Palsy (CP), which has affected his development. His father left them in a small rented house with no income or extended family to support them. Irakoze was identified by a community mobiliser after he noticed the child could not sit, was often sick and cried a lot. Within STEP, his mother was informed about the diagnosis and, together with the fieldworker, developed an intervention plan. The mother has been coached on facilitating sitting with a CP chair, relieving her from the everyday task of carrying Irakoze.

With assistance from a nutritional programme and a long-term plan to develop income generating activities for his mother (SDG1), Irakoze has been better fed and is no longer malnourished. As a result, his health has improved. His mother is part of a parent-support group and the quality of life of the family is continuing to improve.

Testimony – HI Rwanda

Martha is 3 years old Congolese with Down syndrome, living in Kiziba Refugee Camp in western province, Rwanda. At first, Martha could not stand or walk. His mother, a cultivator stopped her activities in order to take care of Martha. He was isolated and couldn’t play with other kids. Since the family depended on the mother’s occupation, their income gradually decreased and it ensued in poverty and a lack of food.

In 2017, HI took Martha to its rehabilitation centre in the camp. A few months later, Martha started standing up and walking. He can now stand, walk and run quite comfortably. Martha’s mother has more time to cultivate again. She is now able to buy food, clothes and take care of her house by herself. Martha now started an Early Childhood School and interacts with other kids, the mother is doing well and their family’s living standard improved a lot (SDG1).