Supporting Children with Disabilities in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Promoting Inclusive Practice within Community-Based Childcare Centres in Malawi through a Bioecological Systems Perspective

McLinden M. et al (2018) ‘Supporting Children with Disabilities in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Promoting Inclusive Practice within Community-Based Childcare Centres in Malawi through a Bioecological Systems Perspective’ International Journal of Early Childhood 50.2: pp 159–174.

The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDGs

Greenwood, M. (2017) ‘The capacity of community-based participatory research in relation to disability and the SDGs’ Disability and the Global South 4.1: pp. 1143-1163

This paper has highlighted an alignment between the aims of the 2030 Agenda and the nature of disability-focused CBPR. It has also demonstrated CBPR in practice in the global South and raised tensions and dilemmas that need to be acknowledged as significant, but worth the time to navigate the uncertainty to see change. 

Blog: Bridging the Gap: Examining disability and development in Africa

Mar 2018
A three-year project, enabled by ESRC-DFID, has been exploring how people with disabilities fare in the face of international development efforts. Key findings from the research will be presented at a two-day conference in London from 12 to 13th March. Grant holders, Professor Nora Groce and Dr Maria Kett blog about their hopes that this event will identify key entry points for governments, donors, policymakers and other stakeholder to reduce the risk of a widening gap between disabled and non-disabled people.

Blog: Evidence on disability and education: accessing, using and communicating research

Jan 2018
The SDGs have increased the focus on including people with disabilities in development reforms. However, as the World Disability Report (2011) highlights, one of the biggest challenges for decision-makers aiming to improve access and learning for children with disabilities is the lack of reliable data and evidence to shape effective policies and programmes. In order to understand how individuals working in international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and other policy organisations engage with evidence on disability and education the Impact Initiative identified and scoped the work of 19 key organisations working in this area

News: Strengthening health systems - Impact Initiative at the HSR2016

10/11/2016
The HSR2016 brings together over 2,000 policymakers and practitioners in Vancouver, Canada, from 14-18 November. The Impact Initiative is hosting two organised sessions during the Symposium - ‘Opportunities and Challenges: integrating mHealth into low- and middle-income health systems’ and ‘Disability, equity and rights: Sharing intersectional approaches to building responsive, resilient and inclusive health systems’.
This research examines common systemic barriers disabled people encounter when accessing services, and the lack of information and inclusion in national level poverty reduction strategies.
A mother with her daughter in Nancholi village on the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi
The University of Birmingham (UoB) and Sightsavers International invited researchers and academics from leading institutions working in the areas of early childhood development and education (ECDE) and special educational needs and disability (SEND), educational psychology, applied anthropology, and epidemiology in Malawi, the UK and the USA to co-design and conduct an innovative three-year study.
Stakeholder meeting
This pilot project provides English-language teaching for members of the deaf community in India including young people in high poverty contexts, and drafts a model of language-teaching interventions. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration including sign linguistics and technologists.

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