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About the project

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The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) has given the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues the task of coordinating an overall Nordic project to gather more information about the living conditions of persons with disability and of Sami descent compared with the general population.

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Sami flagThe aim of the project is to map out this sector's living conditions within areas such as work, education, accommodation, and health in the individual countries as well as in the entire region. The Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues will work to ensure that national research projects receive financial assistance in Norway, Sweden, Finland and, if possible, Russia. The research projects will preferably be both quantitative and qualitative.

Results from the Nordic project are intended to contribute to create good conditions to encourage political decisions concerning the group's rights and public services, amongst other things. The project will present information on how the countries live up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how this work can be followed up in the future.

The Nordic Welfare Centre is coordinating the studies

The Nordic Welfare Centre's role in the project is to coordinate the national studies. An important element of the work is to make sure the studies are rooted in the Sami environment and that the results are usable in the context of Sami communities. The Nordic Welfare Centre will compile the results and forward them to the relevant people and organisations.

The project commenced during the autumn of 2014 and will continue until 2017.

Background of the project

There is a lack of knowledge about living conditions for people of Sami background with disabilities. Furthermore there is also very little knowledge about conditions for social inclusion for this group across the whole of the Sapmi geographical area. This was acknowledged by Bufdir when they produced a report on living conditions for people with mental disabilities.

For this reason, in 2013, the Nordic Welfare Centre was enlisted by Bufdir to compile a pilot study on the situation of people of Sami background with disabilities as well as to offer suggestions on an overall Scandinavian project. This resulted in the report named 'Knowledge situation: People of Sami background with disabilities' which was published in 2014 and confirmed that knowledge and research in this area was lacking.

Kunskapsläge: Personer med funktionsnedsättning och samisk bakgrund

You can find the raport here: Kunskapsläge: Personer med funktionsnedsättning och samisk bakgrund

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