|Self-Employment for Disabled People - Experiences from Africa and Asia (ILO, 1989, 100 p.)|
A book of this kind clearly owes a great deal more to the numerous people who provided the information on which it is based than to the authors whose names appear on the cover.
The greatest debt is of course owed to the 53 disabled entrepreneurs who so willingly gave up their time to talk to the investigators. They not only answered our questions, but also volunteered a great deal of additional information which was in many ways as valuable as the specific answers requested in our questionnaires; like all good respondents to surveys of this kind, they told us many of the questions we should have been asking. It was impossible to include detailed case studies of every one of them, but all their stories were inspiring, fascinating and humbling to those of us who have done so much less with so much more.
The staff of the 32 institutions who told us about their work also made an important contribution. The book contains many recommendations as to how disabled people can effectively be assisted to become self-employed, the majority of which were suggested by what the respondent institutions are already doing. One of the main purposes of this book is to share their experience with other institutions that wish to enter this field. The names of these institutions are listed at the end of the book.
We were fortunate to be able to benefit from the services of very talented and committed external collaborators, who carried out the field investigations in the six countries. They provided timely and comprehensive information, and made up for many of the weaknesses of the questionnaires by their sensitive approach and active collaboration. They were in fact co-authors rather than research assistants, and it is appropriate to list their names at this point: Mr. M. M. Jarboh and Mr. S. Mendy (Gambia); Mr. G. T. Matta and Mr. G. R. Srinivasan (India); Ms. Chodiraton (Indonesia); Mr. F. K. Boit (Kenya); Ms. C. Toledanotolosa (Philippines); Mr. T. Gudanga and Mr. D. Mudombi (Zimbabwe).
Finally, Adrian Nelson, Kate Harper and Derry Young provided valuable assistance with data analysis and typing.
Malcolm Harper is Professor at the Cranfield School of Management in the United Kingdom. Willi Momm is Senior Rehabilitation Officer in the Vocational Rehabilitation Branch of the ILO.