Disability in North Africa

11th April 2018
Author: Brigitte Rohwerder

While there is not a clear picture of disability in North Africa, the available evidence suggests that people with disabilities are doing less well in comparison to people without disabilities as a result of factors including marginalisation, stigma, lack of awareness of disability prevalence, lack of comprehensive protection and enforcement of the rights of people with disabilities, and inaccessible environments, services and workplaces. Such exclusion has costs for wider society and the lives of people with disabilities. This rapid review provides an overview the experiences of people with disabilities in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Given the time limitations and the state of the evidence it cannot be said to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation but does highlight the major issues arising from recent English language1 literature published on the topic.

Suggested Citation

Rohwerder, B. (2018) Disability in North Africa. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.


11th April 2018


Continent: Africa

Country: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia