Leonard Cheshire Development Centre

News

New Article

Palmer, M., Mitra, S., Mont, D., Groce, N. (2014). The impact of health insurance for children under age 6 in Vietnam: A regression discontinuity approach. Social Science and Medicine. [link]

ILO Report
Groce, N., Murray, B., Kealy, A. (2014). Disabled Beggars in Addis Ababa: Current situation and prospects for change. Geneva: ILO [link]

Seminar: Integrating the Internet

On the 20 June, Professor Michael Stein, Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, gave a talk at a lunchtime seminar jointly organised with the UCL Faculty of Laws.

An audio recording of the seminar can be found here [link]

Radio Interview - Business Matters

On 20 May, Professor Nora Groce was a guest on the World Service programme, Business Matters talking about disability and employment, specifically about research undertaken with disabled beggars in Addis Ababa. Also guest on the programme was Dr Barbara Murray, Senior Disability Specialist at the ILO.

Listen here [link] (from 14.30)

Read the working paper based on the Addis Ababa research [link]

UCL Futures Seminar

On the 8th April, Colm O'Cinneide will give our next seminar in our on-going series on issues surrounding disability and international development: Giving Disability Rights Legal Force.

An audio recording of the seminar can be found here [link]

Publication: Surviving polio in a post-polio world
Groce, N., Banks., LM., Stein, MA. (2014). Surviving polio in a post-polio world. Social Science and Medicine, 107: 171-178. [link]

Disability and Disasters Panel

On the 23rd March, Dr Maria Kett was on a panel of experts debating issues surrounding gave emergency preparedness and disability. More information about the panel discussion can be found here [link]

UCL Futures Seminar

On the 3rd March, the Global Disability Research Group hosted a seminar on the book 'Surviving Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery'. The presentations from the session, as well as an audio recording, can be found here [link]

More information about the book can be found here [link]

Huffington Post Article

Professor Nora Groce was mentioned in an article in the Huffington Post on the Special Olympics in Malawi. The article can be found here [link]

Guardian Development Professionals Network Panel

On 13th February, Dr Raymond Lang was a panel member on the 'Dealing with disability in development' online panel discussion on the Guardian website. To read the panel discussion, please go here [link]

A summary of the discussion is here [link]

Special Olympics Panel Discussion

Professor Nora Groce and Dr Daniel Mont were invited to Malawi to an event hosted by the Special Olympics, the African Leaders Forum on Disability, where they joined a panel of eminent speakers on the need for better data regarding persons with disabilities. The keynote speaker was Dr Joyce Banda, President of Malawi.

Open Working Group Sessions, United Nations

In February Professor Nora Groce accompanied Leonard Cheshire Disability International Director, Tiziana Oliva, to the UN to take part in the Open Working Group Sessions on disability.

Evidence to the International Development Select Committee

On Tuesday 21 January (11.00am), Professor Nora Groce will give evidence to International Development Committee for the inquiry into Disability and Development. For more information, and to watch the session, go here [link]

Written submissions to the International Development Select Committee are available online:

Groce, N., Tramontano, C. (2014) Data and Persons with Disability in International  Development: What types of data are needed on disability to inform DFID policy and practice and to add to the post-2015 agenda? Written Evidence the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development [link]

Lang, R. (2014) Disability, governance and the role of disabled people’s organisations. Written Evidence the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development [link]

New Working Paper

The latest in our on-going working paper series is now available. 

McMullan, B. (2013). Tales from an Imaginary CountryWorking Paper 22

The article can be found here [link]

UCL Futures Seminar

On the 17th December, Dr Ilan Kelman and Professor Laura Stough gave a presentation on disability and disaster.

The presentation can be found here [link]

The audio for his seminar can be found here [link]

Video: International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2013

The opening ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities organised by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and Leonard Cheshire Disability. The video of the ceremony is available online. Ms Clare Pelham, Chief Executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability speaks at 49 minutes in, and Professor Nora Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre speaks at 57 minutes.

The video can be viewed here: [link]

Publication: Disability and the League of Nations
Groce, N. (2013). Disability and the League of Nations: the Crippled Child’s Bill of Rights and a call for an International Bureau of Information, 1931. Disability and Society. [link]

UCL Futures Seminar

On the 12th November, Dr Raymond Lang, Senior Research Associate, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre gave a presentation on the synergies between the Social Determinants of Health and Disability.

Dr Lang's presentation can be found here [link]

The audio for his seminar can be found here [link]

The working paper that accompanies this lecture is here [link]

New Agriculturist Article

A new article on the New Agriculturlist website showcases an urban and peri-urban agriculture project undertaken as part of our DFID-funded Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme. The article is available here [link]

Publication: Disability and Nutrition

Groce, N., Challenger, E., Kerac, M. (2013) 'Stronger Together: Nutrition-Disability Links and Synergies' Briefing Note, UNICEF. [link]

Publication: Systematic Review on Education

Bakhshi, P., Kett M., Oliver, K. (2013) What are the impacts of approaches to increase the accessibility to education for people with a disability across developed and developing countries and what is known about the cost-effectiveness of different approaches? London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. [link]

New Working Paper

The latest in our on-going working paper series is now available. Mont, N., Nguyen, C. (August 2013).Spatial Variation in the Disability-Poverty Correlation: Evidence from Vietnam. Working Paper 20

The article can be found here [link]

Publication: UNICEF Fact Sheet

A fact sheet on children and young people with disabilities, co-authored by Professor Nora Groce, Marcella Deluca and Ellie Cole has now been published on the UNICEF website [link]

UN DESA Forum: Dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Framework and Disability
Professor Nora Groce will address the DESA Forum at the UN on the 19th-20th July. She will speak on lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals.

Cross-Cutting Disability Research Background Papers

Background papers for all the projects showcased at the conference on the 17th June are now available online. [link]

Fieldwork in Sierra Leone
Dr Maria Kett and Marcella Deluca are currently in Sierra Leone undertaking research on Inclusive Education in primary school children.

Conference: Promoting equity: cross-cutting disability in international development research - 17th June

Registration is now open for our end of programme conference for the UKAID DFID-funded Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme, which will take place at UCL, UK on Monday 17th June 2013.

The programme explored how to mainstream a disability component into general international health and development research in a number of selected low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa through partnership with other UK Government-funded research programme consortia (such as urban agriculture; mental health, stigma and poverty; water and sanitation and maternal and child health). The findings from the research projects will be presented as well as discussion of the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned from this unique approach to mainstreaming disability across other research areas in the field of international development

More information and how to register at the following link [link]

Disability, Poverty and Education (2013, Ed N Singal) - Book Chapters
Professor Groce and Dr Kett contributed to chapters in a new book on disability, poverty and education. More information about the book can be found here [link]

UNU-IIGH/UNDESA Meetings

Professor Groce travelled to Malaysia for two high-level meetings organized by the UNU-IIGH (United Nations University International Institute for Global Health) and UNDESA.

The first, run in conjunction with UN University/ University of Tokyo, was on health/ mental health issues, disability and the post-2015 agenda.  Professor Groce chaired the meeting.

The second was the Asian regional meeting on Disability and the Inclusive Development Agenda, a forerunner to the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Disability and Development taking place in New York on 23 September 2013.  Professor Groce was invited as an expert on the subject.

UCL Futures Seminar

On the 25th April, Mark Gorman from Help Age International gave a presentation on issues surrounding disability and aging as part of our on-going series on disability and international development.

Mark Gorman's presentation can be found here [link]. The audio for his seminar can be found here [link]

Presentation
On 17th April, Dr Lang gave a presentation at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine on "Conceptualising the linkages between the Social Determinants of Health and Disability”. The presentation can be found here [link]

Dr Lang's presentation is featured in the news of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine's website. [link]

New Working Paper

The latest in our on-going working paper series is now available. Lang R, Groce N, Cole E. Disability and Social Determinants of Health. 2013 Working Paper 19

The article can be found here [link]

UNESCO Report
The new UNESCO Global Report “Opening New Avenues for Empowerment ICTs to Access Information and Knowledge for Persons with Disabilities” is available online. Dr Lang was coordinating author for the background paper on ICTs in Africa.

The full report can be found here [link]

UCL Futures Seminar
On the 17th January, Dr Daniel Mont gave a presentation on Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries, as part of our new season of events exploring issues around global disability research. 

Dr Mont's presentation can be found here [link]
Marcella Deluca's presentation from the 29th November can be found here [link]

Run the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability!
Leonard Cheshire Disability has 5 places still available for this year’s Virgin London Marathon.. Entry closes this Friday afternoon (8th February). Usually they ask a people to raise a minimum fund-raising target of £1800 for these places, but for these five “last chance entries” they are giving runners the chance to tell them how much they can raise. So, if you know anyone who has ever wanted to run this world famous event but been worried about having to raise a big target now is their chance to make their dream happen.

How does it work?
All runners are asked to pay £100 registration fee (paid upon confirmation of their entry) to help cover some of the costs of the place. Instead of a set fund-raising target, we ask them to tell us how much they realistically think they can raise.

To apply, runners should go to the registration form at www.lcdisability.org/londonmarathon and simply tell Leonard Cheshire Disability how much they think they could raise. If you would like more information, please email emma.barker@LCDisability.org.

Recent Research Activities
Over the past few months, members of the Centre have undertaken research in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe related to various on-going projects.

UCL Futures Seminar
On the 29th November, Marcella Deluca gave a presentation on Children with Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Disadvantages (SENDDD) in EU/OECD countries in compulsory education: Statistics and Indicators, as part of our new season of events exploring issues around global disability research. The presentation that Ms Deluca gave will be uploaded soon.

The full programme of events can be found here. [link]

New Colleague

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Daniel Mont, Principal Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, who will be working with researchers at the Centre on the ESRC-DFID funded programme Social Protection and Disability: Policy Lessons from Vietnam.

UCL Futures Seminar
The Disabled Children in East Africa seminar was the first in our new season of events exploring global disability research and was held on the 25th October. Presentations given at the seminar will follow.

The full programme of events can be found here. [link]

Presentation
On October 3rd, Professor Groce addressed the UCL Institute for Global Health on 'Disability and Vulnerable Populations' as part of the Recent Advances in Global Health Conference held at the Institute for Child Health in London.
Advisory Board
Professor Groce and Dr Kett have been appointed to the advisory board for the UNICEF State of the World's Children Report.

UNESCO Global Monitoring Report - Background Paper
Dr Kett contributed a background paper 'Skills Development for Youth Living with Disabilities in Four Developing Countries' to the new UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report Youth and skills: Putting education to work 

Full report [link]

Background paper [link]

National Library of Medicine Grant
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Lang has been awarded a prestigious National Library of Medicine Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health. He will receive funding over three years to write a book on “Global Institutions and the Politics of International Disability”
UNICEF Forum on the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities
Professor Groce, Dr Kett and Ms Deluca attended the two-day forum on "Bringing Children with Disabilities to the Forefront of the Development Agenda" in New York on the 14-15 September.
UNICEF: Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities Side Event
Dr Kett moderated the Inclusive Emergency and Humanitarian Action Task Force during the UNICEF meeting on the 15th September in New York.

UN Headquarters New York: Conference of States Parties Side Event
At the recent Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, held in New York from 12-14 September, Professor Groce chaired a side event on "The Right to Earn a Living: Young Women with Disabilities Call for Action", which was organised by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Dr Kett presented a paper on disabled female adolescents and employment for this event.

The flyer for the side event can be found here. [link]

UN Headquarters New York: Conference of States Parties Side Events
At the recent Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, held in New York from 12-14 September, Professor Groce was on the panel of two side events: "Harnessing The Power Of Partnerships with Children and Adolescents with Disabilities: Insights Into Successful Transitions to Adulthood", organised by World Enabled/Pineda Foundation for Youth. The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre so-sponsored the event.

Information about this side event can be found here. [link]

The other side event that Professor Groce participated in was  'HIV, Disability and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities' organised by the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation and co-sponsored by UNAIDS.

Award
Dr Marko Kerac was recently awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers to conduct preliminary research into "Community Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants aged <6 months (C-MAMI)"
Publication
Dr Carlo Tramontano recently had a paper published: Fida, R., Paciello, M., Barbaranelli, C., Tramontano C., & Griffith Fontaine, R. (2012): 'The role of irritability in the relation between job stressors, emotional reactivity, and counterproductive work behaviour', European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. The article can be found here. [link]

Why do we hold separate Paralympic and Olympic Events?

Professor Nora Groce was recently a panellist on a UCL-hosted event about the Paralympics, with Mark Dyer (London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority) Dan Brooke (Channel 4) and Dr P David Howe (Loughborough University). The video of the event is now available on YouTube and the audio is available on SoundCloud. Follow these links for more information: [YouTube] [SoundCloud]

Radio Interview
Professor Nora Groce was recently interviewed for Radio Newcastle where she discussed HIV/AIDS and disability. You can here the radio programme by following the link. Professor Groce's interview begins at 1h38m30s [link]

New Working Paper

The latest in our on-going working paper series is now available. Groce, N., London, J., Stein, MA. (2012) Working Paper 17: Intergenerational Poverty and Disability: The implications of inheritance policy and practice on persons with disabilities in the developing world.

The article can be found here.

New Internationalist Article
Professor Nora Groce was quoted in an article in the New Internationalist about Disability and the Millennium Development Goals. The article can be read in full here.
Presentation
Professor Groce presented a discussion of the links between poverty and disability at the Society of Applied Anthropology Meeting in Baltimore. The discussion was based on research conducted as part of the DFID-funded Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme.
New Colleague
Dr Marko Kerac recently joined the Epidemiology Department as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer. Alongside clinical training in Public Health, he will be doing post-doctoral research into infant and child malnutrition. He will be working closely with Professor Groce and colleagues at the Leonard Cheshire Centre to develop disability-related aspects of this research.

UNESCAP/Leonard Cheshire Disability Conference on Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness

All of the Centre researchers presented at the jointly organised UNESCAP/Leonard Cheshire Disability conference held in Bangkok from the 14-16 March. All of the plenary and workshop presentations, including those given by the Centre, are available to download here

Twitter Account
The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre now has a Twitter account @LCDIDC. Follow us for news and updates and tweets of interest

UN Report: Disability and the Millennium Development Goals
A new review of Disability and the MDGs has recently been published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The review was prepared by Professor Nora Groce and the full text can be found here

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Upcoming Seminar - 16th February
In the next seminar in our on-going Global Disability Research series, Dr Nidhi Singal will present on 'Entry, engagement and empowerment: Dilemmas for inclusive education in an Indian contex'. The seminar will take place on the 16th February (5-7pm) at University College London. To reserve your place, please click here.
Presentation: International Shafallah Forum
Dr Kett gave a presentation at the International Shafallah Forum 2012 in Doha, Qatar as part of a panel made up of representatives from Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Leonard Cheshire Disability-UN Joint Publication

A new report, "Building a Better Tomorrow: The voices of young people with disabilities" is now available. The report was co-edited by colleagues from Leonard Cheshire Disability and contributed to by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices Programme. The report can be found here.

UCL Grand Challenges: Professor Groce Chair
On the 18th January, Professor Nora Groce chaired a UCL Grand Challenge symposium entitled, "Child Maltreatment: a six country comparison of trends and policy"

Guardian Article - Disability and HIV/AIDS

Professor Nora Groce was interviewed for an article about disability and HIV/AIDS in the Guardian. The article can be found here

New Centre Members
We recently welcomed Dr Carlo Tramontano and Marcella Deluca as new members of the Centre team. Dr Tramontano is a quantitative researcher and Ms Deluca is a specialist in Inclusive Education. We are very much looking forward to their being part of the team.


Recent

Events

Symposium Presentation

As part of World Disability Day, Professor Nora Groce presented an address on Disability and Reproductive Health Rights as part of the Symposium ‘Disability, Development and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’. The event was organised by Dr Wil van Brakel through the Athena Institute, VU University of Amsterdam in collaboration with the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, Light for the World and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).

Upcoming Seminar - 8th December 2011

In the next seminar in our on-going Global Disability Research series, Dr Kett will present findings from a critical review on Disability and Poverty. The seminar will take place on the 8th December (5-7pm) at University College London.

Conference Rapporteur 

On the 20th October, Professor Nora Groce served as rapporteur for ‘The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Promoting Disability Inclusion in Ireland and the World’ conference organised by the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway and CBM Ireland.

Conference on Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness - Call for Papers

Leonard Cheshire Disability and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific are organising the second in a series of global forums aiming to bring together DPOs, NGOs, UN agencies and academics. The conference will be held in Bangkok from the 12th-14th March 2012 and the organisers have put out a call for papers.

For more information about the conference and how to submit a paper, please click here.

Public Lecture
On the 6th October, Professor Nora Groce spoke at Trinity College Dublin on 'Why Disability and Deaf Studies Matter: Translating Research into Policy and Practice'. The public Lecture was co-sponsored by the Centre for Deaf Studies, School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences, and the Disability Studies Programme, National Institute for Intellectual Disability at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.
Plenary Speaker
Professor Groce served as Plenary Speaker at the University of Manchester’s Methods Fair on the 5th October. She spoke on ‘Applying Research to Real World Problems’ to graduate students and faculty in the Social Sciences.

Presentation

On the 27th September, Dr Raymond Lang gave a presentation on Disability and International Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. A copy of his presentation can be downloaded here.

Special Issue
Dr Jean-Francois Trani co-edited a special issue of ALTER - European Journal of Disability Research. This special issue marks the first attempt to operationalise the Capability Approach for disability policy in a developed country. This issue of ALTER can be found here.
ANNOUNCEMENT
The Leonard Cheshire Centre is pleased to congratulate Emeritus-Professor James Ryan on his being awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Podcast
A talk, given by Professor Nora Groce for the International Child Health Group is now available as a podcast. To listen to Professor Groce's talk, click here.

Conference Presentations
Dr Raymond Lang and Dr Jean-Francois Trani both gave presentations at the 'Disability and the Majority World: Towards a Global Disability Studies' conference at Manchester Metropolitan University on the 7th-8th July.

Dr Lang's presentation, 'The Challenges of Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries' is available here.

Dr Trani's presentation, 'Impact of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programs in Mandya district (Karnataka, India)' is available here.

Royal Society of Medicine Event
On the 24th June 2011, Dr Maria Kett chaired a special evening event at the Royal Society of Medicine titled 'Mainstreaming disability into humanitarian assistance: how far have we come?'
World Report on Disability Launch
Professor Groce will attend the launch of the World Report on Disability at the UN General Assembly in New York on the 9th June.
UN High Level Meeting
Professor Groce will co-chair a High Level Meeting on Disability and HIV/AIDS with UN AIDS Executive Deputy Director Ms. Jan Beagle at the United Nations on the 9th June.
Conference Presentation
Dr Kett gave a presentation at the Disability in Conflicts and Emergencies: Reaching the most vulnerable conference in Oslo on the 30th May-1st June. Her presentation was entitled 'Disability and Disasters: the next 10 years?' and can be found here.
UNESCO Meeting
Professor Nora Groce was a participant at UNESCO's Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities meeting in Paris on the 20th May
CBR Launch Panel
Professor Groce participated in the High Level Round Table Discussion event that marked the UK launch of the new United Nations Guidelines on Community Based Rehabilitation in London on 16th May.

Conference Presentation

Dr Lang gave a presentation at the Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe annual conference in Lisbon.

A downloadable PDF of his presentation can be found here.

Lecture
Professor Groce presented a talk entitled 'Disabled Children: The Missing 10%' at Save the Children Headquarters in London the 6th April.

Professor Nora Groce UCL Inaugural Lecture
7th February 2011 - 18.00-20.00

Professor Groce gave her Inaugural Lecture at UCL on Monday 7th February. The subject of her lecture was Disability and Development: Applied research in global health and international development.

Lunch Hour Lecture: The Missing 650 million?
2nd December 2010 - 13.15-13.55

On the 2nd December, Dr Maria Kett gave the very prestigious UCL Lunch Hour Lecture to mark World Disability Day.

Click here for more information about the lecture.

Dr Kett's lecture can now be watched online by clicking here.

A downloadable PDF of the lecture can also be found here.

People with disabilities are at greater risk of HIV/AIDS - UCL Main Page
Professor Nora Groce is featured on the front page of the UCL website discussing two major events she is speaking at to mark World AIDS Day and World Disability Day, the first at the United Nations in New York on 2nd December and the second at the US State Department in Washington DC on 3rd December.

To view her statement, please click here

World AIDS Day Panel
As part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Professor Groce participated in a round table discussion on "Educational Opportunity: Key to the Future” at the United Nations in New York.
World Disability Day Panel
On the 3rd December, Professor Groce sat on a panel at the US State Department in Washington, DC. to mark World Disability Day.
Conference Presentation
Dr Jean-Francois Trani attended the Diversity and Quality of Life conference at VU University, Amsterdam on the 2nd-4th December. He and Federica Di Marcantonio presented a paper: 'Conceptual comparison of methodological issues in assessing persons with disabilities' functionings and capabilities.

Conference: The Future of Global Disability Research
On the 11th October, the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, and the Centre for International Health and Development held very successful a one-day conference at University College London.

The presentations from some of the speakers can be found here

Book Launch
On the 11th October, Leonard Cheshire Disability launched their new book, Disability and Poverty, the second book in our Disability and Inclusive Development series.

Professor Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies reviewed the new publication on his blog, here.

If you would like to buy a copy of Poverty and Disability, an order form can be downloaded here.

Seminar: 10th November
Professor Nora Groce game a seminar at the University of East Anglia's Faculty of Health on the 10th November.

The title of the seminar was Global Health and Disability.

Conference - 16th-17th September
Dr John Twigg presented work jointly undertaken with Dr Maria Kett, Helen Bottomley, Lin-Tze Tan, and Hussam Nasreddin at Oxford Brookes University's 2-day Shelter Conference.

A copy of the presentation, Disability and Public Shelter in Emergencies, can be found here.

Conference of States Parties on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Side Event
1st-3rd September

Professor Nora Groce travelled to New York to a moderate a side event of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The title of the side event was Implementation of the CRPD: disability-inclusive monitoring and evaluation of the MDGs and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals, and was organised by Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

AIDS and Disability Conference Chair
Professor Nora Groce chaired the Satellite Session – ‘AIDS and Disability – Country-level Perspectives' at the Vienna International AIDS Conference on 21 July 2010.

With key note speakers Dr. Paul Delay, Programme Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS and Mr. Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, and a panel of distinguished experts from the AIDS and disability advocacy community, the session was one of a series of coordinated presentations at the global AIDS conference intended to highlight the increased risk of HIV/AIDS faced by persons with disability worldwide.

The conference website can be found here

Information on the session itself can be found here

UCL Futures Seminar Series
On the 18th March Daniel Mont spoke at our final Futures Seminar entitled Disability and Poverty: A Perspective from the World Bank. More information about these events can be found on our Seminar Series web page.
Seminar at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
On the 25th February, Dr Raymond Lang presented a seminar at the Institute of Development Studies entitled The Effective Implementation of Rights-Based Policy and Practice in Developing Countries. A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Global Partnership for Disability and Development Report
The Impact of Climate Change on People with Disabilities Report on a 5-day e-discussion hosted by the Global Partnership for Disability and Development and The World Bank and facilitated by Dr Maria Kett and Valerie Scherrer is now available online.

To see the report, click here.

Presentation at the International Forum on Social Security and Social Services for People with Disabilities, Gaungzhou, China
On the 1st December 2009, Dr Raymond Lang presented a paper at the International Forum on Social Security and Social Services for People with Disabilities. This was attended by over 250 national and international delegates from Europe and China. The purpose of this forum was to examine and provide a comparative analysis of best practice regarding Social Security and Social Care provisions for disabled people. Dr Lang's presentation focused on the current developments regarding Social Security in the United Kingdom. A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here.
Committee Membership
Professor Nora Groce has been reappointed as a Member of the Committee  on Training by the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/ WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), through WHO, Geneva.


Publications

  UN Report: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Disability
This technical paper, prepared by Professor Nora Groce is now available online. Click here to download a pdf copy of the advance unedited text. The report will be published in August 2011.
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New Book
A new book, edited by Dr Trani, was published on the 24th June 2011. Development Efforts in Afghanistan: is there a will and a way? is based on fieldwork and research undertaken in Afghanistan, and evaluates a number of development programmes, thereby addressing key issues surrounding the provision of international assistance.

More information as to where you can find this book will be available soon.

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Vulnerability and Disability in Darfur Article

Dr Maria Kett and Dr Jean-François Trani have published an article in the current issue of Forced Migration Review, a special issue on Disability and Displacement.

Kett, M., Trani, J-F. (2010) 'Vulnerability and disability in Darfur', Forced Migration Review 35:12-14.

A copy of the journal can be downloaded here

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Disability In and Around Urban Areas of Sierra Leone

In March 2010, Dr Jean-Francois Trani travelled to Sierra Leone to launch one of the first comprehensive studies on disability in and around Urban Areas of Sierra Leone.

This report, co-authored by Professor Osman Bah, Nicki Bailey, Joyce Browne, Professor Nora Groce and Dr Maria Kett, is the first in an anticipated series of publications exploring issues related to disability in different countries where Leonard Cheshire works.

To download this report, click here.

Read the IRIN coverage of the report here

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Chapter: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Dr Lang co-authored chapter 8 with Ambrose Murangira: Barriers to the Inclusion of Disabled People in Disability Policy-Making in Seven African Countries.

The book is edited by Jukka Kumpuvuori and Martin Scheinin and is published by The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Finland.

For more information, or to order the book, please click here.

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Working Paper
Our ongoing Working Paper series has been updated with part 8:
Groce, N., Kett, M., Lang, R., Trani, J., Bailey, N. (August 2009) "The Potential Impact of the Global Economic Downturn on Persons with Disabilities"

To download the paper, click here.

  Forthcoming Paper
Trani, J. (2010) 'Poverty, vulnerability, and provision of healthcare in Afghanistan', Social Science and Medicine (in press)
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Working Paper
Our ongoing Working Paper series has been updated to part 11:

Trani, J. and VanLeit, B. (February 2010) "Increasing inclusion of persons with disabilities: reflections from disability research using the ICF in Afghanistan and Cambodia"

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Bringing Disability Off the Sidelines - The Lancet Special Issue

In November 2009, the Lancet published a special edition on the theme of Disability. Professor Groce guest edited the publication with Alana Officer, and they authored a comment on Key concepts in disability. Professor Groce co-authored articles on the Millennium Development Goals and people with disability with Dr Trani, and Disability and the training of health professionals with Tom Shakespeare and Lisa Iezzoni.

Dr Kett co-authored a commentary on Disability, conflict, and emergencies with Mark van Ommeren.

Dr Lang co-authored a commentary on Health care and the UN Disability Rights Convention with Michael Ashley Stein, Penelope JS Stein and Dorothy Weiss.

Dr Trani also published a commentary on Screening children for disability.

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Our ongoing Working Paper series has been updated to part 10:

Trani, J. and Bakhshi, P. (October 2009) "Lack of a will or of a way? Taking a Capability Approach for Analysing Disability Policy Shortcomings and Ensuring Programme Impact in Afghanistan"

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