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Rural Development and Disability

Photo: a blind man walking with a child

Seventy percent (70%) of the world's poor live in rural areas, and the qualitative evident suggests that disabled people are significantly poor in developing countries. The World Bank's approach to rural development focuses on improving the well-being of rural people by building their productive, social, and environmental assets. Disabled people can and should participate in and benefit from mainstream rural development programs.

The most commonly used methods in dealing with disability in rural areas are community based approaches, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) being the most popular.

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Andhra Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project for India
    [Project ID: P045049 - Project Status: Closed]
    This project aims to improve opportunities for the rural poor to meet priority social and economic needs in the six poorest districts of Andhra Pradesh. There are three main components. The first funds capacity building for new or existing self-managed community-based organizations.

    • Andhra Pradesh Government has initiated the "Rural Poverty Elimination Program" under the project "Velugu" (literally 'light' in Telugu).
  • Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project
    [Project ID: P071272 - Project Status: Active]
    The Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project development objective is to enable the rural poor, particularly the poorest of the poor, in Andhra Pradesh to improve their livelihoods and quality of life. The project supports the Government of Andhra Pradesh's ongoing long-term Rural Poverty Reduction Program, which aims to eradicate poverty; promote human capital development; focus on the welfare of children, particularly girls, women, the old, and the infirm; and build an equitable society.

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Last updated: 2009-08-28