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.

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.

Jonah Sialumano visits Wales.

Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) promote disability issues within the Wales Africa sector.  It seeks to see every development initiative, through Wales Africa Links, including the needs of disabled people.

Jonah Sialumano is the Project Manager of Health Help Zambia in Monze, which is supported by Health Help International based in Newport.  Jonah’s personal experience of disability, as well as his professional work with Disabled Community Groups, gives him insight and messages for us to consider in Wales.  He is currently on a tour of Wales, firstly to raise awareness of the needs of African disabled people within Wales and promote greater solidarity.

Here are some highlights of his tour so far.


Jonah meeting PONT Leaders and activists. Thursday 26th November




Jonah visits Disability Wales. Thursday 26th November


Jonah’s presentation to the Wales for Africa Health Links Network Learning and Sharing event on Tuesday 24th November


Jonah presents to the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) meeting held by Disability Wales – 25th November








Jonah meets the Brecon Molo Community Partnership. 25th November








Join DWA to Leave No One Behind

Taking the “No One Left Behind” sentiments, the Beyond 2015 campaign, and the Sustainable Development Goals collectively; DWA invites members of the Wales Africa sector and supporting organisations to agree with and sign up to the following statement:

“Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) has a vision of societies where disabled people are full, equal, and participatory members of their community in Wales, and particularly in Africa. In the past the needs of disabled people, and their families, have often been sidelined within mainstream development, with actors believing it to be a specialist, standalone, issue. DWA believes that disability should be part of every development initiative. Therefore, Wales Africa Sector activists are invited to sign a pledge to explore, and implement, ways in which this aim can be achieved.”

In return for your support DWA will:

  1. Display your Logo on our Web page.
  2. Advertise your activities.
  3. Include you in our Twitter and Facebook promotions.
  4. Include you on our mailing list for up to date Disability and Development information
  5. Keep you up to date with our activities, publicity and a regular electronic newsletter for which your contribution would be very much welcomed.
  6. Invite you to an Annual Review Meeting along with corresponding reports.


Individuals may also sign up to the above declaration and gain the benefits listed under 3, 4, 5 and 6. This category is open to anyone. However if you are a member of a Wales Africa group or organisation it would be helpful if you could identify which one.


Find all the details you need to register your support, including the form below. Please send completed forms and a copy of your logo to Eleri Williams at:

An Invitation to Join the Disability in Wales and Africa Network

We look forward to hearing from you!

DWA Photo Exhibition

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The DWA photo exhibition recently had an outing to the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was held in Llanelli. If you were unable to attend the Eisteddfod and missed the opportunity to see the exhibition, do not fear! It’s now available to view online here.

The display was launched last year by Rebecca Evans AM on December 3rd at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Following this successful launch we have decided to make the photos accessible to the public electronically and free of charge.

The exhibition is the result of a DWA initiative where disposable cameras were sent to individuals of all ages with disabilities throughout Wales, and in African countries with which DWA has connections, including Kenya.The photos are a response to the questions “what does disability mean to you?” and “does disability impact on your life?” Unsurprisingly, the photos we got back were hugely diverse and individual. We would love to hear your thoughts and interpretations of the display.

DWA is delighted to be able to share the photo exhibition with you electronically. However, there is a portable display which is available for meetings or other events. If you would like more information about the exhibition or to find out about where it is going next, please contact: Trevor Palmer, Tel 01633216644, email