The research programme consortium is guided by its advisory group of academics and activists in the field of disability and international development. The group meets annually and provides specific expertise between meetings to design, support and evaluate the research and its applications.
Anita Ghai, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, India, and a disability activist in the areas of education, health, sexuality and gender. Currently she is Teenmurti Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum Library and President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies. She is on the editorial board of Disability and Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, and the Scandinavian Journal of Disability. Her book, ‘(Dis) Embodied Form: Issues of Disabled Women’, was published in 2003 and reprinted in 2006.
Rachel Kachaje lives in Malawi and is currently the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) and the Deputy Chairperson, Development and Underrepresented Group for Disabled People's International (DPI). She was previously the women’s chairperson at SAFOD, and was instrumental in establishing the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA). She has received an award from the Malawi Human Rights Commission for playing a leading role in lobbying and advocating for the rights of disabled people, and in 2008 also received a Diversity Leader Award in Malawi. Ms Kachaje was a Commissioner in the National Aids Commission and a successful business entrepreneur. She has been involved in studies on living conditions among people with disabilities in the region and is now the chairperson for the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for the Southern Africa Research Project (SRP) funded by DFID. She is also a Board member of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.
At York University, Toronto, Marcia Rioux is a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management; in the MA and PhD (Critical Disability Studies); and in the MA / PhD in Health Policy and Equity. She is, as well, the Director of the York University Institute of Health Research and teaches a core course in the newly inaugurated PhD (Critical Disability Studies) at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. With Bengt Lindqvist, she is the co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally. Professor Rioux’s research includes health and human rights, universal education, international monitoring of disability rights, the impact of globalisation on welfare policy, literacy policy, disability policy, and social inclusion. Dr Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia and has been an advisor to Canadian federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGOs and UN agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and nearly 70 book chapters and articles on disability rights. Her most recent books include:
- ‘Staying Alive’ (Canadian Scholars Press)
- Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law (Brill)
- Monitoring Disability Rights in the Global World: A tool to assess laws, policies and programs (forthcoming)
Dr Rioux has held appointments as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Bristol University, UK. Her PhD is in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Roger Riddell is a development specialist with 30 years of experience. He is currently a Board Member of Oxford Policy Management, a Principal of the Policy Practice and a member of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact of the Department for International Development (DFID). From 1999 to 2004 he was International Director of Christian Aid, one of the UK’s largest emergency relief and development agencies, where he was in charge of all international development and relief work. He led Christian Aid’s expansion into Central Asia, and has worked extensively in conflict countries such as Afghanistan, the Palestine Occupied Territories and Sierra Leone. From 1984–99 Mr Riddell was a Senior Research Fellow at ODI, where he worked on issues related to aid, NGOs, foreign investment, mining and manufacturing. He has undertaken and led research and consultancy work for many bilateral and multinational aid agencies. Mr Riddell lived in southern Africa for 12 years, most recently in Zambia from 1998 until his appointment at Christian Aid. From 1981–83 he was Chief Economist for the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries and, following Independence, was appointed the Chair of the Presidential Commission into Price, Income and Conditions of Service. He conducted the first poverty studies in urban Zimbabwe in the early 1970s and lectured in economics at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published widely on development issues, including his book ‘Does Foreign Aid Really Work?’ in 2008.
Dr Jones currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. With an academic background in social anthropology and economics, his research largely focuses on issues relating to migration, remittances and financial inclusion. He has led two DFID funded projects to facilitate greater access to formal sector finance in India, and a DFID funded project examining policy towards the informal financial sector in Ghana. Dr Jones presently plans to update and expand a longitudinal study of livelihoods and migration in a Rajasthan village. Moreover, he has been a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Editorial Advisory Board for its book ‘Poverty and Disability, published in 2010.
For 30 years Peter Coleridge has focused on the inclusion of disabled people in development programmes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, working for NGOs, the UN and as a freelance consultant. He is the author of the book ‘Disability, Liberation and Development’ (Oxfam 2003), and of chapters in each of the two books published so far in the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development series, as well as other books and numerous articles on disability, poverty and development. Mr Coleridge has also worked on the WHO Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Guidelines. He is currently engaged in a research project for the EU on how to make the EU’s aid more inclusive of disabled people.
Shuaib Chalklen of South Africa is the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the UN Commission for Social Development for the period 2009–2011. He is a prominent leader within the disability rights arena who has made extensive contributions to the advancement of persons with disabilities within both regional and global frameworks. Mr Chalklen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town in 1991. He also studied at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and at the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard University. He has assumed numerous positions in the fields of disability, governance and administration at the national, regional and global levels, including: Senior Policy Analyst in the Presidency of South Africa (2006–2007); Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat for the African Decade of Disabled Persons (2003–2006); and Director of the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency of South Africa (1996–2001). He has worked closely with the United Nations, the World Bank and other entities of the United Nations system, as well as with bilateral donor countries in Europe and other regions.
Liz Fajber is a Social Development Adviser in the DFID Research and Evidence Division (RED), which responds to the UK government’s ministerial priorities. This includes increased emphasis on malaria, maternal health, family planning, climate change, the private sector, fragile states, and women and girls. RED is responsible for delivering the Secretary of State’s aim to make DFID more systematic in using evidence as a basis for how best to reduce global poverty, and provide high quality relevant evidence to others. It aims to achieve this through commissioning research on key questions in development, robust evaluation of DFID’s programmes, high quality statistics, active engagement with policy makers, and strengthening DFID’s professional cadres.