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Why a ‘cash plus’ approach is critical to better support children and adolescents with disabilities: evidence from Jordan and Palestine

Photo: Child with disability playing with her friends, Jordan, 2018. Credit: UNICEF/Christopher Herwig.


Nicola Jones
Elizabeth Presler-Marshall
Bassam Abu Hamad
Kifah Bani Odeh

Publication type:
Journal articles
Date: December 2018

There are between 93 million and 150 million children and adolescents living with disabilities (WHO and World Bank 2011). Most (80 per cent) live in the global South. While an increasing number benefit from social protection programmes, few such programmes take account of their age-, gender- or context-specific vulnerabilities. Drawing on research in Jordan and Palestine, this articles explores the extent to which cash transfer programmes are improving the lives of adolescents with disabilities in humanitarian contexts. It also highlight key programming gaps and conclude by calling for a ‘cash plus’ approach to better support young people’s multidimensional well-being.

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