International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Breaking the vicious circle of disability and extreme poverty

Observed on 17 October each year, the day aims to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide. People with disabilities who make up some 1 billion of the world’s population are at greater risk of poverty due to discrimination and barriers to participation in all spheres of society that can help them escape poverty and break down prejudices. Inclusion in all development activities is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and disability.

Disability is both a cause and an effect of poverty: poor people are more likely to have a disability because of the conditions in which they live, and disability can result in poverty due to limited opportunities for skills development and employment.

Inclusion in all development activities is critical to breaking this vicious cycle of poverty and disability that makes disabled persons more likely to live in poverty than their non-disabled peers.

This fact sheet highlights how people with disabilities can benefit from development projects. Specifically, it show how the ILO, through the government of Ireland supported PROPEL (Promoting Rights and Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Employment through Legislation) programme is working in five countries in Africa and Asia to facilitate access of persons with disabilities to mainstream skills development programmes and other relevant training, promote respect for their rights, and foster an enabling legal and policy environment that prevents discrimination.