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


Written by Nicola Jones

There are between 93 million and 150 million children and adolescents living with disabilities (WHO and World Bank, 2011); most (80%) 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 highlights key programming gaps and concludes by calling for a ‘cash plus’ approach to better support young people’s multidimensional well-being.

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