Leonard Cheshire Development Centre


We do not have the answers to all these things, but we have both the right and the obligation to at least raise relevant questions. And that is called research.

- Professor Nora Groce, Leonard Cheshire Chair, Director, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre 

Briefing Papers

The Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme has published a series of background briefing papers papers to compliment the research:

  • Cross-cutting Disability Research Programme Summary [link]
  • Maternal and new-born care practices among disabled women, and their attendance in community groups in rural Makwanpur, Nepal [link]
  • The relationship of Mental illness, poverty and stigma: a study of multidimensional poverty [link]
  • Disability and Urban Agriculture – An innovative approach [link]
  • Undoing inequity: inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that deliver for all: Uganda and Zambia [link]

Research Toolkit

A toolkit was developed by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre: “Research Toolkit for Disabled People’s Organizations: How to undertake and use applied research”. The toolkit is a component of the Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme, and is a resource for disabled people's organizations to better understand why they might decide to undertake research, how to commission, design and monitor the process and how to use research findings. 

The toolkit can be downloaded here [link]

Published Findings

The Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme has published two papers in two peer reviewed academic journals to date:

Another output of the research is a critical review on the evidence linking disability and poverty, which is available as a working paper

  • Working Paper 16: Poverty and Disability: a critical review of the literature in low and middle-income countries

Additional research paper and policy briefings will be added when they are published.

Participatory research

The Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme uses participatory research as a methodology that both involves and empowers people with disabilities and other stakeholders. In 2010 we held four regional workshops on how to implement participatory research techniques in Asia and Africa and the reports from these are available below:

Participatory Research Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand

Participatory Research Workshop, Bangalore, India

Participatory Research Workshop, Accra, Ghana

Participatory Research Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya

Workshop reports

'Doing and Using Disability Research –The Challenges and Opportunities So Far', 8th November 2012, Harare, Zimbabwe [link]

Water and Sanitation

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, SHARE and WaterAid organised a two-day workshop in March 2011 to discuss issues relating to disability water and sanitation. This included how stakeholders can most effectively persuade policy-makers to take action. Outcomes from the workshop are available as a podcast and in a briefing note.

Why Research?

Professor Nora Groce is a medical anthropologist with a 30-year research career in disability and development. She believes passionately in the need for applied academic research in the field, which you can read about her paper, ‘Research on Disability and Development: Some Thoughts from the North’, from The African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) conference in 2009.