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Project Title:

A-PODD (African Policy on Disability & Development)

Brief description

A-PODD is led by Mac MacLachlan, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin.   The Centre for Global Health’s primary coordinating partners on this project are Gubela Mji at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University and Kudakwashe Dube at The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities, South Africa.
This research investigates the need and means for disability to be included on the agenda of national and international development initiatives.  A-PODD will undertake four country-case studies:  Sierra Leone, a country emerging from conflict that resulted in many people being disabled; Malawi and Uganda, the only two African countries that have Ministries for people with disabilities; Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, with significant geographical barriers and a highly dispersed population, presenting significant challenges to the inclusion of people with disability.

Project timescale



Co-PIs: Prof. Mac MacLachlan (Psychology), Gubela Mji (Stellenbosch University), Kudakwashe Dube (The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities)

Funding Provider

Health Research Board/Irish Aid.




Last updated 24 February 2014 School of Psychology (Email).