Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book is about being disabled and being poor and the social, cultural and political processes that link these two aspects of living. Environmental barriers, limited access to services and discriminatory attitudes and practice are among key elements that drive disabled people into poverty and keep them there. 'Disability and poverty' explores the lived realities of people with disabilities from across the developing world and examines how the coping strategies of individuals and families emerge in different contexts.
"This is an important and timely book. All too often we are told that there is a relationship between disability and poverty, but this is the first text which systematically examines this relationship, from a range of perspectives. The book will be required reading for everyone in the field." Leslie Swartz, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Arne H. Eide is Chief Scientist at SINTEF, Professor at Sør-Trøndelag University College, Norway, and Guest Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He has extensive research experience in the fields of disability and rehabilitation.
Benedicte Ingstad is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has carried out research on disability in developing countries for 30 years and has published extensively on the topic of disability and culture.
Introduction: Disability and poverty: a global challenge ~ Benedicte Ingstad and Arne H. Eide; Social Inclusion of persons with disabilities in poverty reduction policies and instruments: initial impressions from Malawi and Uganda ~ Margaret Wazakili, Tsitsi Chataika, Gubela Mji, Kudawashe Dube and Malcolm MacLachlan; Disability, poverty and healthcare: changes in the canji ('disability') policies in the history of the People's Republic of China ~ Heidi Fjeld and Gry Sagli; Living conditions among people with disabilities in developing countries ~ Arne H. Eide, Mitch E. Loeb, Sekai Nhiwatiwa, Alister Munthali, Thabale J. Ngulube and Gert van Rooy; "No disabled can go here…": how education affects disability and poverty in Malawi ~ Stine Hellum Braathen and Mitch E. Loeb; "We too are disabled": disability grants and poverty politics in rural South Africa ~ Camilla Hansen and Washeila Sait; Displacement, mobility and poverty in northern Uganda ~ Herbert Muyinda and Susan R. Whyte; Where culture really matters: disability and well-being in Yemen ~ Benedicte Ingstad, Arwa Baider and Lisbet Grut; Disability and barriers in Kenya ~ Lisbet Grut, Joyce Olenja and Benedicte Ingstad; Disability and social suffering in Zimbabwe ~ Jenny Muderedzi and Benedicte Ingstad; "My story started from food shortage and hunger": living with landmines in Cambodia ~ Merete Taksdal; Poverty as trauma: methodological problems when reality gets ugly ~ Hans Husum and Odd Edvardsen; Some concluding thoughts: the way ahead ~Arne H. Eide and Benedicte Ingstad