Including Disabled People Research

including Disabled People Research

Disability in Wales and Africa has partnered up with Hub Cymru Africa and Disability Wales to research how much involvement there is from disabled people in organisations that support development work in Africa.

Previous research shows that where disabled people are involved in Welsh organisations or groups that support development work in Africa, the projects in Africa are more likely to include a disability element. More disabled people involved in Wales means more disability-related work is done in Africa.

The research aims to establish why disabled people do or do not get involved with the Wales-Africa sector. It also looks at the barriers that groups have with involving disabled people as participants. From the research, we can create recommendations for making the Wales-Africa sector more inclusive and increase the participation of disabled people.

We have two short surveys that we need your help with:

Survey for disabled people (based in Wales)
This is a survey for disabled people (by which we mean anyone with a long term impairment or health condition, including mental health). Even if individuals have never considered becoming involved in Wales-Africa organisations or groups, we still need their thoughts.

Survey for Wales-Africa organisations and groups
This is a survey for organisations and groups that undertake or support development work in Africa. We are looking for any Wales-based groups or organisations to fill in the survey, whatever size and however formal or informal.

Please fill in the surveys and share widely.
Thank you for your help!

If you’d like to support us on social media please make use of the suggested tweets below and look out for our social media content about the research: @DWAnetwork, @HubCymruAfrica & @DisabilityWales 

Suggested Tweets:
Are you a #disabled person living in #Wales? We need your help with a short survey looking at the participation of disabled people in Welsh organisations that undertake development work in Africa. Every response helps!

Does your organisation or group undertake development work in #Africa? No matter what size your group or the type of work you support in Africa, if you are based in #Wales we have a short survey for you! Please fill in and share with your contacts.

DWA pays tribute to Dr Mike Oliver

DWA wishes to pay tribute to Dr Mike Oliver who was a leading disability academic, who is most well known for his work developing the Social Model of Disability. His model has influenced thinking around how services for disabled people are developed and provided and has stimulated the disabled people’s movement worldwide.

Read more about Dr Oliver, on Unite magazine’s website here.

Research Opportunity with DWA

Disability in Wales and Africa is seeking a researcher to assist with its research project on Including Disabled People.

The scope of the work is to identify:

  • factors that impede and support disabled people’s inclusion
  • the value to individuals, groups and organisations of including disabled people
  • how much potential interest there is amongst Welsh disabled people in participating in Wales Africa activities
  • how disabled people and their organisations perceive the Wales Africa sector
  • what things might motivate a disabled person to engage with the sector
  • what the barriers are towards disabled people’s involvement in Wales Africa activities and how they can be removed
  • what potential there is for Wales Africa partnerships to involve and incorporate the skills and expertise disabled people have to offer
  • how the Wales Africa links perceive disability inclusion and why they perceive it in that way
  • why so many Wales Africa links appear to see disability inclusion as an exercise in tokenism / a red herring / too difficult etc, rather than an exercise in development work, good practice and something from which they would benefit
  • what conclusion can be drawn and recommendations can be made from the study
  • what resources and activities are needed, to enable disabled people’s inclusion and involvement within the Wales Africa sector

The location of the work will be Wales. The application deadline is the 11th February 2019. Please send covering letters and CVs to

For further information click here or email

DWA Response to Investigations of Government Discrimination

The equality watchdog is examining claims that the government has discriminated against UK disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) by excluding them from the delivery of a new £29 million international development programme. Read the full story here. Below is DWA’s response.

A statement from Disability in Wales and Africa in response to the article – ‘Government discriminated against DPOs in awarding £29m development programme’ 

Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) is an organisation which has developed from the Wales Africa initiative.  DWA wishes to encourage the greater inclusion of the UK Disability Movement, both as organisations and individuals, within the Disability and Development Sector.  To this end, it has worked with Disability Wales and Hub Cymru Africa to start a research programme to look at how and why disabled people are not more prominent within Wales Africa activities.      

DWA has a strap-line of ‘Disabled People’s Participation Should Be Expected, Not Just Accepted’. It is concerned and disappointed to read about the debate highlighted in John Pring’s Disability News Service feature ‘Government discriminated against DPOs in awarding £29m development programme’. The 6 year programme is from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) and its purpose is to support disabled people in some of the poorest countries of the world.  However, in not encouraging UK Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) to be part of the consortium DWA believes the UK Government and the Disability and Development Sector are missing out on the skills and experiences that UK disabled people can bring to the table.  For example DWA wishes promote and demonstrate the importance of global solidarity amongst disabled people.  Disabled people around the world have a common interest in monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

DWA wishes to promote a culture, specifically here within the Wales Africa sector, the global community, and the international development movement which does not stop at saying to disabled people “you are very welcome” if they turn up.  We want people to ask, when disabled people are not present, “where are they” and how can we increase their participation?       

Paul Lindoewood


Disability in Wales and Africa

Internet, Social Media and Communication Intern

Disability in Wales and Africa is looking for a new Internet, Social Media and Communications Intern!


DWA needs a motivated individual to join its team as an Intern to assist with the organisation’s operation.  Specifically, this will be to continue to develop DWA’s Website, and to manage social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.  We are also eager to investigate other ways and means to raise the visibility of the organisation.


The role will touch on a variety of communication and marketing angles.  It will provide opportunities for people to develop such skills and experience within a Third Sector environment, particularly those focusing on International Development and/or Disability.


To apply please send a CV and covering letter to either Gemma James or Paul Lindoewood


See the full job description here – Internet, Social Media and Communication Intern

Global Disability Summit Opportunity to Participate









The International Disability Alliance (IDA) together with the BOND Disability and Development Group (DDG), International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC), Disability Rights Fund (DRF), UK DPOs and other partners, is organising a Civil Society Forum (referred to as the Forum) on 23 July, one day prior to the Global Disability Summit, at Queen Elizabeth Park in London.

The purpose of the Forum is to leverage the opportunity to amplify the perspectives and participation of persons with disabilities, through their individual participation and that of representative organisations (DPOs). It is also to to highlight current issues relevant to the global disability movement and realisation of the CRPD, that will not specifically be addressed at the Summit.

There is the opportunity for Civil Society to inform the discussions at the Forum and capture what civil society sees as most important to inform the outcomes of the overall Summit. Those interested can click here to do so through an online consultation. 

For more information in the Civil Society Forum or the Global Disability Summit, click here to go to their website. 

Introducing the Team: Gemma

Gemma joined DWA in 2013 as a Researcher and subsequently joined the Management Committee in 2014.  Gemma has been involved in development since the 2004 and has extensive project and programme management experience.

Gemma’s portfolio has spanned delivering mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers; education and health provision for women and children living in poverty; and holistic HIV/AIDS services. 

Gemma has also served as an organisational development advisor in Kenya for the national hospice and palliative care association.

Currently Gemma works with GSMA Mobile Money Programme, transforming the financial lives of underserved people; enabling greater financial inclusion, economic empowerment and driving economic growth in emerging markets.

Gemma holds a BA in Sociology and Development Studies from Sussex University and an MSc in Poverty Reduction with Management from SOAS, University of London.

Introducing the Team: Su

Su Njogu is a member of the DWA Management Committee. She is also the coordinator and founder of the Kenya Disability Resource ( Su brings to the team a wealth of experience in academic research, project management and bid writing related to different aspects of Health and Social Care, Health policy, public health and life sciences in general. Before working in disability and development she worked as a researcher in Higher Education and at an International Research Centre in Nairobi Kenya for over 25 years. She has authored, co-authored and contributed to several scientific articles and policy reports.

Her interest in disability started 30 years ago when she got a child with complex disabilities -who was born in Africa and spent his first 14 years experiencing the medical and social difficulties that most disabled people in Africa still go though today. Su is currently involved in inclusive development projects, advocacy & others and is committed to eradicating stigma.

Lisliojulikana – Crowd Funding

In September we posted about “Lisilojulikana” (“The Unknown”), a drama film about a Kenyan girl with Cerebral Palsy and her struggle to be accepted by the community that she ends up living in. The film was made by Purple Field Productions and is made in Swahili, with English subtitles.

The film was made in Swahili and there are plans for it to be dubbed into Chichewa to make it accessible to a greater audience. To raise the money to do this Purple Fields Production have started a crowd funding campaign, please give generously if this is an issue you feel passionately about. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about the other PFP films on cerebral palsy click here and be sure to like them on Facebook.

Global Disability Summit 24 July 2018, London, UK

Nominations are open for DPO Representative at the Global Disability Summit on the 24 July 2018 in London. 

Nominations are welcome from all countries and regions. The following 10 Commonwealth Countries will have priority, namely: Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, India, Uganda, Zambia and Bangladesh. 

The objectives of the Summit are to:

  • raise global attention and focus on a neglected area;
  • bring in new voices and approaches to broaden engagement;
  • mobilise new global and national commitments on disability; and,
  • showcase good practices and evidence from across the world.

Nominations close on the 23rd March and you can apply online here