The African network for evidence-to-action on disability : a role player in the realisation of the UNCRPD in Africa

Kachaje, Rachel ; Dube, Kudakwashe ; MacLachlan, Malcolm ; Mji, Gubela (2014-04)

CITATION: Kachaje, R., Dube, K., MacLachlan, M. & Mji, G. 2014. The African network for evidence-to-action on disability: A role player in the realisation of the UNCRPD in Africa. African Journal of Disability, 3(2): 1-5, doi: 10.4102/ajod.v3i2.86.

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This African Journal of Disability supplement focuses on papers presented at the third AfriNEAD Symposium in 2011. In this closing editorial, we want to give an overview of the rationale and major modes of operation of the African Network for Evidence- to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) with special focus on recommendations made at the 2011 AfriNEAD Symposium. AfriNEAD is guided and informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) for its research themes. The issues that emerged from AfriNEAD 2011 ranged from children and youth with disabilities; education across the lifespan; economic empowerment; the development process in Africa; health, HIV and AIDS and community-based rehabilitation; holistic wellness; to research evidence and utilisation. Disability-related stigma, the value of emancipatory research and the need to recognise a broader scope of valid methodologies were also highlighted.

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