Building Disability Research Capacity in Low-Income Contexts: Possibilities and Challenges

  • Leslie Swartz


In this chapter I focus on the impact of these larger issues on what at first blush may seem a straightforward task – building research capacity for disabled people in lower-income contexts, drawing on my own work in this field in southern Africa. I begin by locating the politics of disability within broader debates in identity politics and the politics of exclusion. I then examine the way in which criteria set for disability research may be influenced by disability politics in ways that are not always helpful. I then discuss an example of research capacity building as a way of building a case for a broader discussion of knowledge management issues in disability work in lower-income contexts. The brief conclusion makes some recommendations for further work.


Knowledge Management Disable People Research Capacity Social Model Blind Participant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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