Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Disability is the result of the interaction between a person and their environment. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers, such as inaccessible buildings and inflexible work environments, may hinder their full and effective participation in society. Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes such as less education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates.

The disability market is equivalent to a market larger than China — 1.85 billion people, with $1.9 trillion in annual disposable income, live with some form of disability.

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Inclusive Banking: Emerging Practices to Advance the Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Given the pressing need for financial inclusion, the banking industry is well-positioned to lead the way on increasing access to employment opportunities and financial services and products for persons with disabilities. IFC is working with banks, companies, and investors to advance the economic inclusion of persons with disability as corporate leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, consumers, and stakeholders.

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Rudaba Zehra Nasir
Global Lead for Economic Inclusion and Care
Evangelia Tsiftsi
Communications Specialist, Gender and Economic Inclusion
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