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Inclusion: Africa

Map of the signatures and ratifications of the UN Disability Convention in Africa.
Map of the signatures and ratifications of the UN Disability Convention in Africa.

The discussion about Rights of People with Disabilities in Africa is strongly linked to international developments, especially in the area of Human and Children Rights. Further important issues include the relation between disability and poverty or disability and health, especially HIV/AIDS, but also the local knowledge and handling of disability. Our section "Research & Literature" provides you with a small choice of articles (open access) on the topics just mentioned. A detailed list of African countries having signed and ratified the UN Disability Convention is adding to the Africa map on the right. Our dossier furthermore provides information on the following issues:


Political Frame

Africa
[This is a copy of the original website as of 01.04.2012. The original website is offline.]
The link leads you to a list of signatures from African countries to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It informs you about whether a country has signed the Convention and Protocol or not, and when. The list is [...]

Africa
"The African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1999-2009) was adopted by the 35th Session of the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Algiers, Algeria in July 1999. The 1st AU Conference of Ministers of Social Development, which convened in Windhoek, Namibia, 27-31 October 2012, extended the African Decade of Persons [...]

Africa; Southern Africa
The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), formerly Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) until April 2014, is a pan-african agency that works to promote disability programming and policy implementation processes by working in partnership with the African Union (AU), governments, Civil [...]

Africa South of the Sahara; South Africa, Republic; international
The article provides a short overview over the development of international policy on the rights of persons with disabilities, then goes on to African and South African policy development. The article also provides a map of African countries having signed and ratified the UN [...]

Africa South of the Sahara; international
This report published on a United Nations website provides a short overview over official documents and commission on Human Rights issues in Africa with a focus on parts that may mention the rights of people with disabilities. [Abstract: Editors of Education Worldwide]

Republic of South Africa
Beginning 04.11.2013

"The Conference on the theme ‘Overcoming obstacles: Towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’ was presented by scholars, practitioners and disability activists from all over the world, but particularly from Africa." The link leads you to the programm of the conference. [...]


Advocacy & Lobby Groups

Africa; Southern Africa
The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), formerly Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) until April 2014, is a pan-african agency that works to promote disability programming and policy implementation processes by working in partnership with the African Union (AU), governments, Civil [...]

Africa
Inclusion Africa is the regional member of Inclusion International. The NGO was establisehd in 2012 with headquarters in Kenya. It advocates for the inclusion and the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. The website provides some background information on the aims and the activities of Inclusion Africa, as well as links to [...]

Africa
AfriNEAD aims at improving the usefulness of research on disability in Africa for politics, interest groups, the society as a whole. Amongst others, the website provides information on the AfriNEAD Symposium, on activities, on developments (laws, integration, ...) in the field of disability. There are not many resources under "Research [...]

West Africa; Mali; Togo; Burkina Faso; Niger; Sierre Leone; Senegal; Benin; Liberia
The portal PROADIPH ist run by currently 8 West African national organisations for people with disabilities. The portal provides very ample information and documentation (fulltexts) on legislation, research reports, projects, conferences, bibliographies, and [...]


Research & Literature

Africa
The African Journal of Disability is available on the Internet for free. The first issue was published in 2012. It is the official journal of these three institutions: Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (Ghana), African Network for Evidence-to-Action in Disability and Centre for Rehabilitation Studies (South Africa). The [...]

Africa
The African Disability Rights Yearbook is presented as an annual peer-reviewed journal. Contributions to the journal mainly come from scholars doing research on the rights of people with disbilities in Africa. The yearbook has 3 sections: (thematic) articles, country reports, and regional developments. The yearbook was first published [...]

Inclusive Education is seen as one of the strategies to achieve Education for All. But in a context where there is a multitude of educational problems to solve, is there a way to include all marginalised and excluded groups into the school system through national educational planning? How to take into account the educational special needs of children with disabilities? This [...]

A Selection of Articles
This is a small selection of articles mainly from the African Journal of Disability. The articles deal with certain issues that come up repeatedly when disability is discussed in an African context, such as the connection of disability and poverty, disability and HIV/AIDS or cultural differences in the definition and handling of disability.
Topic Article Source
Connection between Research-Politics-Society The African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability: A role player in the realisation of the UNCRPD in Africa
Authors: Rachel Kachaje, Kudakwashe Dube, Malcolm MacLachlan, Gubela Mji
African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 2 (2014)
Research Five challenges for disability-related research in sub-Saharan Africa
Author: Leslie Swartz
African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 2 (2014)
Research, Local Knowledge
African indigenous knowledge and research
Authors: Frances E. Owusu-Ansah, Gubela Mji
African Journal of Disability; Vol 2, No 1 (2013)
Culture, History, Local Knowledge Disability within the African Culture
Autoren: Eskay, M.; Onu, V. C.; Igbo, J. N.; Obiyo, N.; Ugwuanyi, L.
US-China Education Review B 4 p473-484 2012
Research, Local Knowledge, Balance of Power between Europe-Africa Building communities of trust: Challenges for disability
Autor: Alexander M. Phiri
African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 2 (2014)
Development, Poverty, Research, Local Knowledge
Development process in Africa: Poverty, politics and indigenous knowledge
Autoren: Arne H. Eide, Watson Khupe, Hasheem Mannan
African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 2 (2014)
Poverty Disability and poverty – Reflections on research experiences in Africa and beyond
Autoren: Arne H. Eide, Benedicte Ingstad
African Journal of Disability; Vol 2, No 1 (2013)
Health (HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB …)
Inclusion of vulnerable groups in health policies: Regional policies on health priorities in Africa
Autoren: Margie Schneider, Arne Henning Eide, Mutamad Amin, Malcom MacLachlan, Hasheem Mannan
African Journal of Disability; Vol 2, No 1 (2013)
Health (HIV/AIDS) Disability and HIV: What drives this relationship in Eastern and Southern Africa?
Autorinnen: Jill Hanass-Hancock, Ilaria Regondi, Kerisha Naidoo
African Journal of Disability; Vol 2, No 1 (2013)
Higher Education Increasing access into higher education: Insights from the 2011 African Network on Evidence-to-Action on Disability Symposium – Education Commission
Autorinnen: Marcia Lyner-Cleophas, Estelle Swart, Tsitsi Chataika, Diane Bell
African Journal of Disability; Vol 3, No 2 (2014)

Africa; Sierre Leone; Uganda; Malawi; Ethiopia
A-PODD was a three year research project (2009-2011) run by the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin in cooperation with two institutions in South Africa. The website provides the four project reports for the countries analysed (Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia). "[The] [...]

Republic of South Africa
Beginning 04.11.2013

"The Conference on the theme ‘Overcoming obstacles: Towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’ was presented by scholars, practitioners and disability activists from all over the world, but particularly from Africa." The link leads you to the programm of the conference. [...]

Last Update: 01.02.2021  -  N. Cohen ;

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