Poverty & Disability 2019

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Poverty is a term used to describe a situation where a person, a group of persons, or a society that is unable to meet its basic needs and develop normally.


Poverty is a relative term because of the differences that can exist among people, across situations and environments. Poverty is defined as an absence or lacking sufficient resources, be they monetary or social. In December 1984 the European Council considers: people are said to be living in poverty if their income and resources (economic, social and cultural) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living considered acceptable in the society in which they live.

Precarity often leads to poverty when it affects many areas of life, when it stretches out across time and endures, seriously compromising the likelihood of reclaiming rights and of being able to re-assume responsibility for oneself in the foreseeable future.
In February 1987, in a report presented on behalf of the French Economic and Social Council, Joseph Wresinski, defined precarity as: the absence of one or more forms of security, notably employment, which enable individuals and families to assume responsibility for their basic needs and to exercise their fundamental rights (...)”.

Disability have been proven to generate conditions of poverty; reciprocally, poverty is seen as a significant factor in the emergence and aggravation of disabling situations.
The comprehensive objectives of the current research programme are to underscore the correlations between disabling situation and precarity/poverty to identify the processes and activities implemented with a view to provide concrete solutions that improve conditions and quality of life for people.

This call for projects encompasses the situations and populations described below.

  • Precarity and poverty in general, defined as partial or total lack of resources, regardless of the causes.
  • All persons with disabilities:
    • physical, sensory, intellectual and/or mental impairments , regardless of the cause of onset;
    • children, adults or older persons; and
    • all living situations – at home, in institutions, without a permanent address, or in prison...

Given the broad scope, persons submitting projects can focus their research on populations and situations in accordance with their objectives.





  • 7 January 2019 - Launch of the call for projects;
  • 25 March 2019, midnight - Deadline for letters of intent;
  • 21 June 2019 - Announcement to project leaders of letters of intent that were short-listed and those that were declined;
  • 30 September 2019, midnight - Deadline for the full project proposal;
  • 9 December 2019 – Announcement to project leaders concerning selected and declined proposals.