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Impact Assessment of a Vocational Training Program for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh


Mst. Reshma Parvin Nuri ,

Research and Evaluation Unit, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Savar, BD
About Mst. Reshma Parvin

Ms. Nuri has completed her Masters in Public Health and currently works in Bangladesh. Her areas of interest include research, monitoring and evaluation on disability and related areas of public health.

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Md. Tohidul Hoque,

Advancement of Marginalised Adivasis Deprived of Economic Resources (AMADER project), NETZ – Bangladesh and Pollisree, BD
About Md. Tohidul

The author has eight years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation. His areas of interest are anthropology, gender and development research.

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Md. Mustafa Kamal Akand,

Department of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi, BD
About Md. Mustafa Kamal

The author currently works as Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Rajshahi. His areas of interest include migration, ethnicity issues and anthropology.

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Samuel M Waldron

Social Sciences, Cardiff University, GB
About Samuel M

Dr. Samuel M. Waldron is a Research Associate working in the Social Sciences Department at Cardiff University, UK. His research interests are well-being and public policy. Previously, has worked for Exeter University, the Office for National Statistics, and Torfaen County Borough Council.

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a vocational training programme in enabling 261 persons with disabilities to find employment in Bangladesh.

Methods: A qualitative method, which employed interviews and focus group discussions, assessed the effect of the training programme on key individual, societal and physical factors set out by the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (2001).

Results: 157 persons with disabilities (60%) secured employment after training. Of these, 74% reported that they were able to provide a better livelihood for their families, 92% reported increased social acceptance, and 83% reported improvement in overall quality of life. Of those who did not find employment, 15% cited issues related to the training course, 6% mentioned discriminatory attitudes of potential employers and 12% had problems related to physical access.

Conclusions and Implications: These results suggest that the vocational training programme improved the (re)entry of persons with disabilities into employment, which in turn aided their rehabilitation. However, discriminatory attitudes towards them at the workplace were reported.

How to Cite: Nuri, M.R.P., Hoque, M.T., Akand, M.M.K. and Waldron, S.M., 2012. Impact Assessment of a Vocational Training Program for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(3), pp.76–89. DOI:
Published on 05 Dec 2012.


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