Five challenges for disability-related research in sub-Saharan Africa

Swartz, Leslie (2014-09)

CITATION: Swartz, L. 2014. Five challenges for disability-related research in sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Disability, 3(2): 1-6, doi: 10.4102/ajod.v3i2.149.

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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.


Disability research in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa is developing rapidly, and this is something to be celebrated. This article reviews some contemporary developments and suggests that there are five central, and interrelated, challenges for the field. These challenges – experience, expertise, enumeration, evidence, and expectations – go to the heart of thinking about disability research in sub-Saharan Africa. An optimistic but appropriately critical approach to addressing these issues is suggested

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