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It is widely recognised that poverty can cause disabilities, and at the same time can exacerbate the detrimental impacts experienced by people already living with various impairments. Also, it is recognised that in many circumstances, disabilities contribute to the kinds of pressures that cause impoverishment. While these relationships have been recognised across many countries, including in development contexts there is a need to better understand how these causal mechanisms work in particular settings. 

The Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (hosted at the Overseas Development Institute, London) has published a number of papers which focus on exploring examples of how the interaction between poverty and disability takes place in rural Bangladesh in particular cases. The papers examine these using a chronologically focused life history method of conducting interviews. 

This research, in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance (IDA), was made possible through support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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