Inclusive Social Protection

Persons with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to protection from basic social and economic risks and to access appropriate services, regardless of their disability or gender. This website will help you to make this right a reality!


Social protection plays an increasingly important part in national and international strategies for poverty reduction and pro-poor growth. It protects people from many areas of risk, such as threats to their health and economic status, as well as environmental threats, and it underpins investments in productive assets, human capital and livelihoods. Advantages derived at the household and community level can boost national economic growth and encourage the development of more equitable and cohesive societies. For everyone to benefit from social protection systems, the related policies and programmes must be designed in such a way as to include persons with disabilities.

This website provides practical tools and advice for programme planners and policy makers to run inclusive social protection programmes, especially in low and middle income countries. It draws on the findings of a study conducted in 2014 in Peru and Tanzania by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Technische Universität München, together with the national partners, SODIS and CRONICAS in Peru, and REPOA in Tanzania. The study was coordinated by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

The site is structured according to the four phases of a project cycle: analysis and preparation; planning; implementation; and monitoring and evaluation. It combines materials developed in the course of the 2014 study with links to tools and information developed by GIZ and other organisations in other contexts.


How to use the website

Whether you are new to the concept of inclusive social protection or if you want to deepen your existing knowledge of the subject, this website contains useful information and practical advice. It should help you identify the important steps to take when designing and implementing your own inclusive social protection programmes. 

Key concepts: This section explains what is meant by social protection and the inclusion of persons with disabilities. It also contains links to further material for anyone who wants to explore these topics in greater depth.

Country studies: Taking the examples of Peru and Tanzania, we show how these concepts work in practice. The studies combine new data from the surveys with detailed analyses of the policy contexts to examine how persons with disabilities are included in existing social protection programmes. In addition to the findings from the two studies, this section includes a detailed description of the methods and tools used to help others undertake similar research.

Tools and guidelines: Drawing on the two studies, we have developed a range of tools and guidelines which relate to the four key elements of the project cycle: analysis and preparation; planning; implementation; and monitoring and evaluation. While this includes advice on evaluating the inclusiveness of existing programmes, we would encourage users of the toolbox to plan projects that are inclusive from the outset, wherever possible. We also suggest you deploy the tools flexibly and adapt them to your own needs. Feedback on the tools is also very welcome!