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Networking in Disability for Development: Introducing the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD)

  • Gubela Mji
  • Siphokazi Gcaza
  • Natalie Melling-Williams
  • Malcolm MacLachlan
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Abstract

This chapter argues for the importance of networking to promote the human rights of persons with disability. The nature of relationships between people in a community can be seen as a key indicator of the well-being of that community. The global village can try and maintain the distant and sometimes difficult relationships between vulnerable groups through the imaginative use of networking, thus providing not just an opportunity, but an obligation to use such technologies to promote social capital, social inclusion and social participation. Networks offer a means of supporting and achieving these aspirations for persons with disabilities. We introduce the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) and argue for its timeliness.

Keywords

Social Capital Disable People Global Village Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Disability Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gubela Mji
    • 1
  • Siphokazi Gcaza
    • 1
  • Natalie Melling-Williams
    • 1
  • Malcolm MacLachlan
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Rehabilitation StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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