|Sustainable Development and Persons with Disabilities: The Process of Self-Empowerment (ADF, 1995, 117 p.)|
|About the author|
|Sources and acknowledgements|
|Section I: Understanding and perception|
|Chapter 1: Introduction|
|Objectives of this guide|
|Who may use the guide|
|Language and liberation|
|Debate and discussion must continue|
|Chapter 2: An integrated approach to sustainable development for persons with disability|
|Chapter 3: The enabling environment: SAPs, development and disability|
|Appendix 1: Structural adjustment programme (SAP) - The experience of Zambia|
|Chapter 4: Community-based rehabilitation|
|Practices in relation to the PWDs|
|What is CBR?|
|A general assessment of CBR: Possibilities and limitations|
|Section II: Building economic self-reliance|
|Chapter 5: Building economic self-reliance|
|The importance of self-reliance|
|Employment options for PWDs|
|Group versus individually designed and managed IGPs|
|IGPs at the crossroads of gender and class|
|Chapter 6: Income generating project planning|
|The importance of planning|
|The experience of a clothing manufacturing project run by a PWD organisation|
|Other lessons to learn from other experiences|
|Recommendations of the entebbe workshop|
|What is involved in successful planning|
|What kind of information is needed for planning?|
|What do we do with all this information?|
|Chapter 7: Implementation and resource mobilisation|
|Running an enterprise|
|Some case studies of projects run by PWDs|
|Appendix 1: Revolving loan scheme (RLS)|
|Appendix 2: The Entebbe workshop resolution con RLS|
|Chapter 8: Monitoring and evaluation: Measuring the success of IGPs|
|Methodology of monitoring and evaluation|
|Chapter 9: Capacity building: Skills training and institution building|
|The pedagogy of disability training|
|Women with disabilities and capacity building for IGPs|
|Section III: Lobbying, networking and building alliances|
|Chapter 10: Strategies for lobbying, networking and building alliances|
|PWDs are their own principal change agents|
|Lobbying, advocacy and networking|
|Notes and references|
|ADF board of directors|
· In any project, the human relationships are often more important than the technical and managerial issues, such as, for example, those dealing with:
· the question of power, or
· the process of decision-making.
· One question that always comes up is the involvement of women in decision-making and sharing out of the profits. Often a project is begun by women (e.g. a water project for domestic use) and ends up being in control of men (who might want to use the water to irrigate their farm).
· At the community level, people tend to elect "prominent" leaders to the management (executive) committees - people who are rich or "politically influential," those who speak English, and those who "know." This is a process by which people dis-empower themselves.
· The disabled people (and this applies generally to all marginalised people) often disempower themselves through lack of self-confidence. Sometimes development "experts" undermine their self-confidence. People allow themselves to be spoon-fed, and let outsiders decide things for them.
· Often projects initiated by PWDs end up being controlled by service organisations or professionals, especially where complicated technical inputs and production processes are involved. People cease to regard such projects as "theirs," and refer to them as "donors' projects." They contribute labour to the project, and may even benefit from them, but they are not in control of them.
· Often human rights issues are separated from issues of development. "Business is business," people say, "you cannot mix politics with it." They forget, however, that development itself is a human right. PWDs based in rural areas should involve human rights activists to fight for the repossession of their lands, and to secure their title deeds, and they should also get help on issues of land development, housing, schooling, clinics, etc.
· Often the elite among the PWDs dominate the projects and overwhelm the more disadvantaged among them.