Inclusion - A better response to poverty

Much international aid is directed, quite rightly, at the alleviation of poverty. But we, at Disability Africa, observe a tendency to ‘mainstream’ this practice to the exclusion of more thoughtful approaches. We see this working to the detriment of some marginalised groups, especially disabled children.

‘Isn’t it just too difficult and too expensive to include disabled people?’

This view is often implied in discussions about disability, Africa and development. But the case for inclusion is economic, social and above all moral. We should view it as an opportunity rather than an expense. 

"Why only disabled children? Doesn't every child matter?"

Good question. For sure, no child deserves to be excluded. And this is exactly why we target our projects at disabled children in Africa. 

"I’ve never thought about disabled children in Africa”

 Is this you? Don't worry, you're definitely not alone.

Millions of children are left behind - this idea could change everything

We were recently asked: ‘Why are you working on projects in several countries? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to concentrate on just one country?’

It’s a really good question and it deserves an answer. So here goes.

The paralysing effects of pity

At Disability Africa, we try to think things through before we act. We do get emotional sometimes, but we try never to let that guide our strategy. 

The ones left behind

It’s a pretty terrible statistic that only 2% of disabled children in Africa attend school, so wherever we go, we are always keen to have the conversation.

Inclusive education in Africa: Look beyond the school gates

Only 2% of disabled children in Africa are attending school. This clearly isn't good enough. But what is inclusive education? Well, it's about much more than just being in the same room. We need to consider the complex reasons why disabled children are denied their right to a quality education and adopt a child-centred approach which looks beyond simple statistics.

The other inauguration: a new, inclusive Gambia?

The other inauguration: a new, inclusive Gambia?

Tom Barton: The 20th January 2017 will be remembered as the day on which Donald Trump assumed the office of the President of The United States. But on the West African coast, some equally momentous and unlikely political events have been unfolding, which should not go unrecognised.

Our top 5 achievements for 2016 - the year we changed more lives than ever before

‘Changing children’s lives’ isn’t just a catchy slogan.

How would you cope with a broken leg for 4 years?

Have you ever broken a bone? If not, the chances are you know someone who has.

Parenting is the hardest job in the world. Some things make it even harder

It’s true that being a parent of a disabled child is even harder because society places barriers in the way of disabled people and their families.

Beyond patriotism: what the Rio Paralympics really showed us

Beyond patriotism: what the Rio Paralympics really showed us

An examination of the Paralympic medal table from a global perspective paints a bleak picture. Para-sport is illustrative of an enduring problem of social injustice. But sport, and play, must also be part of the solution. 

Disabled children are abused and abandoned in institutions around the world

We know things are bad in orphanages and institutions for disabled young people – but did we know they were as bad as this?