Disability knowledge translation in Zambia initiative


Zambians with disabilities are often excluded from policy and research that concerns them. This project aims to counter that exclusion. Through an intentional process of relationship-building and dialogue with members of a broad range of disability constituencies in Zambia, a core group of researchers and disability advocates will collaborate with Zambians with disabilities to identify and articulate their research and policy priorities.
The core group consists of members from multiple countries, including researchers from Canada (McGill and the Université de Montréal), South Africa (Stellenbosch University) and Zambia (University of Zambia). The core group also contains Zambia-based disability leaders from the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Norwegian Association of Disabled’s Zambia office.
With the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, relationship-building and dialogue are happening primarily through virtual means. Core group members are currently reviewing the use of existing communications platforms among Zambians with disabilities. As this work progresses, the group frequently asks the question, “Who are we excluding? How can we overcome the current barriers to be inclusive?”

Dates: 2020-2021


Centre for Rehabilitation Studies – Stellenbosch University

Université de Montréal

Norwegian Association of the Disabled

Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities

University of Zambia

Funding: This work was part of the Nigeria Evidence-based Health System Initiative (NEHSI), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada (DFATD) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)