IMPACT OF THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES’ INDEPENDENT LIVING

Abu Alghaib, Ola (2018) IMPACT OF THE PALESTINIAN NATIONAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME ON PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES’ INDEPENDENT LIVING. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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    Abstract

    This thesis aims to contribute to current policy and academic debates on the impact of cash
    transfers, as an essential pillar of social protection policy, on persons with disabilities in low-
    and middle-income countries. It is one of the first studies to specifically explore cash transfer
    schemes' potential contribution to persons with disabilities’ independent living, pursuant to
    Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A
    qualitative country case study approach, with both descriptive and explanatory purposes, was
    adopted. Multiple lines of evidence were used to examine the Palestinian National Cash
    Transfer Programme, combining collection and analysis of primary and secondary data through
    document study, expert interviews, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews.

    This thesis draws on the transformative social protection framework, emphasising the aim of
    enhancing the rights and social status of the marginalised, thereby reducing their economic
    and social vulnerability. It argues that social protection for persons with disabilities should
    adopt a ‘transformative’ approach to support equity, social justice, and empowerment. The
    necessary components of an inclusive social protection policy are suggested, transcending the
    traditional medical or charitable conceptualisations of persons with disabilities.

    The thesis highlights the complexity of addressing disability through cash transfer
    programmes, especially when political, structural, and resource factors are also influential. The
    main argument is that ad hoc responses to persons with disabilities’ needs in cash transfer
    programmes are insufficient to deliver a sustainable and positive impact on their wellbeing and
    independent living. The evidence suggests that policy interventions to address persons with
    disabilities’ independent living rights must focus on institutional, social, and political
    structures, rather than just income. Cash transfers are one policy solution to partially enhance
    persons with disabilities’ autonomy and life choices. However, social protection interventions
    should extend beyond poverty alleviation social transfers, with broader services than cash.
    Adopting wide-ranging measures should assure persons with disabilities of equal access to
    support and mainstream social services, promote their independence, and reduce social
    exclusion.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Depositing User: Chris White
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 11:47
    Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 11:47
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67654
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