Inclusive Labor: Lessons from the Job Placement Pilot Project for People with Disabilities Program to Support Employme

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Dec 2023
This technical note examines the experience of the job placement pilot project for people with disabilities within the Program to Support Employment II (PAE), which was financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and implemented by the Bolivian Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security. We analyze the experience using three methodologies: a systematic review of the experience, a qualitative study, and a quantitative study. The systematic review section contains a critical and reflective analysis to understand the processes, context, and results of the experience. It identifies lessons that may be useful for future interventions. For this section, we interviewed the Bolivian authorities in charge of the program; operational personnel in the departments of La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz; and beneficiaries and employers. In the qualitative study, we compile and analyze qualitative data, such as interviews, observations, and personal accounts. This method uses a survey to explore the perceptions, experiences, and opinions of those involved in the program. For the quantitative study, on the other hand, we compile and analyze data such as statistics, indicators, and numerical figures. This method is meant to provide a more objective and quantifiable perspective on the programs results, impact, and scope, for a more accurate and comparative evaluation. These three complementary approaches paint a complete picture of the pilot project for people with disabilities, encompassing subjective and contextual aspects, as well as objective and quantifiable data.