Disability Research

Disability in Wales and Africa, Hub Cymru Africa and Disability Wales have come together to research the involvement from Welsh disabled people in organisations that support development work in Africa.

Previous research shows that where disabled people are involved in Welsh organisations or groups that support development work in Africa, the projects in Africa are more likely to include a disability element. More disabled people involved in Wales means more disability-related work is done in Africa.

The research aims to establish why disabled people in Wales do or do not get involved with the Wales-Africa sector. It also looks at the barriers that groups have with involving disabled people as participants. From the research, we can create recommendations for making the Wales-Africa sector more inclusive and increase the participation of Welsh disabled people.

We have two short surveys that we need your help with. 

Survey for disabled people (based in Wales)

This is a survey for disabled people (by which we mean anyone with a long term impairment or health condition, including mental health). Even if individuals have never considered becoming involved in Wales-Africa organisations or groups, we still need their thoughts.


Survey for Wales-Africa organisations and groups

This is a survey for organisations and groups that undertake or support development work in Africa. We are looking for any Wales-based groups or organisations to fill in the survey, whatever size and however formal or informal.


If you'd like to support us on social media please make use of the suggested tweets below and look out for our social media content about the research:

@DWAnetwork & @HubCymruAfrica @DisabilityWales 

Please fill in the surveys and share widely. Thank you for your help!


Are you a #disabled person living in #Wales? We need your help with a short survey looking at the participation of disabled people in Welsh organisations that undertake development work in Africa. Every response helps! 


Does your organisation or group undertake development work in #Africa? No matter what size your group or the type of work you support in Africa, if you are based in #Wales we have a short survey for you! Please fill in and share with your contacts.



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Jonah from Zambia at a DWA event in 2015

Definition of Disability under UNCRPD

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) does not try to define disability. Instead it describes disability is an ‘evolving’ concept, and that ‘disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others’.

80% of disabled people (around 500 million) live in the poorest countries of the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise that disability and development are inextricably interlinked, and disability inclusive development is central to ensuring that these goals are met.

Hub Cymru Africa believe that disability inclusion is an essential part of any development project. We promote, encourage and support Welsh-based international development actors to ensure that disability is at the core of the projects they carry out. We believe that the impact of excluding the disabled from development programmes result in their isolation socially, politically and environmentally. We support diverse activities through grants, development support, capacity building and public events.

We support the principle of ‘leave no one behind’, and the ambition to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030.

Disability and the SDGs

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Disability is included in the following Sustainable Development GOALS (SDGs)

Goal 4: Guaranteeing equal and accessible education by building inclusive learning environments and providing the needed assistance for persons with disabilities.

Goal 8: Promoting inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market.

Goal 10: Emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities

Goal 11: Creating accessible cities and water resources, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public spaces.

Goal 17: Underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the SDGs, emphasis on disability disaggregated data.

More resources and information: 

Hub Cymru Africa Partners in disability action: