We’re striving to put learning at the heart of everything we do.
We engage directly with disabled people to really understand the challenges they face. Discover our latest research as well as leading disability reports from other recommended sources.
Key lessons from our livelihoods, education and gender work.
We recently pulled together key lessons from three of our core thematic areas - livelihoods, inclusive education and gender. We wanted to collate the critical lessons we've learned and help offer guidance and support to others pursuing work in these areas.
- Bridging the Gap - Organisations of Persons with Disabilities role in making work more inclusive of persons with disabilities.
- Organisations of Persons with Disabilities role in making education more inclusive of children with disabilities.
- Organisations of Persons with Disabilities - a channel for the voice and activism of women and girls with disabilities.
As the world responds to the COVID-19 Global pandemic we have been collecting evidence of its impact.
Bangladesh. Read our report of how communities of persons with disabilities have been affected in Bangladesh.
- COVID Double Jeopardy
- DPO COVID Impact and Action
- Action by 39 Organisations of Persons with Disabilities
Cambodia. Read our report exploring COVID, Violence Risk and Income Loss.
Uganda. Read our report exploring COVID, Income loss, risk of violence and the response of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in Uganda.
Our Capacity Building Research
In 2016 we commissioned an independent learning review of our Capacity Building model. The review focused on our experience in Cambodia and Bangladesh, and was carried out by Anne Garbutt of INTRAC and Brenda Lipson of Framework, two leading consultancy organisations specialising in capacity building. The review confirmed that our approach is working as we thought, that it is effective, and that it contributes to positive change in line with our Theory of Change.
This document aims to map the operational and programme activities which we carry out day to day to achieve our mission of positive and lasting change in the lives of disabled people, especially those living in poverty.
Read our learning paper outlining the lessons we have learned from our work with disabled person’s organisations in Bangladesh - the successes and challenges - and how to create a collective path forward.
Additional Capacity Building Tools.
Our Mental Health Research.
In Bangaldesh, ADD has been working with one of the most neglected and deprived groups - persons with psychosocial disabilities (PPD). With support from Comic Relief we are delivering a 4 year ’Community based Mental Health of Children and Youth at Risk and Suppor Services’ project. Together with our partners, we are challenging mental health stigma, negative stereotypes, and discrimination. We are working to raise community awareness and undertake national advocacies to help Organisations of Persons with Disabilities identify people with psychosocial disabilities, and integrate them in development initiatives, and access support services.
Needs Assessment Study.
This ‘Needs Assessment Study’ used a qualitative method to help us better understand the mental health challenges people face and the scale of service needs. We conducted the assessment within the project locations of Bagerhat, Jashore and Dhaka with participation from a cross-section of people, including children, young people, teachers, government, and private service providers. We started the project during COVID-19, and also capture information on how the pandemic has impacted children and young people. Read the report.
The aim of this baseline survey is to understand the current context of mental health in the project locations. The study captures peoples’ understandings and perceptions on mental health issues as well as available services. The baseline has also, to some extent, focused on the mental health impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Read the report.
Our gender research
Promoting gender equality is a core priority of ADD’s work. In line with our rights based approach, we recognise that everyone is equal in individual value and rights and that specific actions are needed to ensure gender equity and equality of opportunity. We work with organisations which share this approach, and we support our partner DPOs to recognise and address barriers to gender equity in their work.
ADD International’s work over the years with disabled women has resulted in an increased focus on the intersectional discrimination of gender and disability. In 2016 we commissioned a review of our gender based violence work. We wanted to identify what has worked and not worked to ensure learning is fed back into practice.
Activist women with disabilities and ADD International were able to secure funds for two years of focussed work in Tanzania for the DRIGE (Disability Rights, Inclusion, and Gender Equity) project. This short paper shares a brief overivew of the story, impact and learning from the extraordinary work of the activist women with disabilities at the heart of DRIGE and the support provided to them by ADD International. You can also read the long report here.
This learning paper aims to share key insights from our work in Cambodia to prevent violence. Women with disabilities who have directly experienced violence led the research process from designing questions to analysing findings.
This paper captures emerging learning and potential practice for reducing violence after one year of working on a gender based violence intervention in Cambodia.
Women with diverse disabilities researched and collected a sample of thirty short life stories from other women and girls with disabilities, and analysed these stories to explore their core themes in relation to their own lived experience.
Voices of the Marginalised.
The aim of 'Voices of the Marginalised' is to bring the perspectives of those who live in poverty or who are highly marginalised, including those with disabilities, older people and people living with mental health problems, into post-2015 policymaking. Focusing on Bangladesh and Tanzania, people with disabilities and older people were asked to become researchers themselves, and were trained to collect and analyse stories from peers in rural and urban areas.
The Bangladesh report: 'We can also make change'.
Global reports on disability
- World report on Disability (2011). A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to this study, about 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability
- Disability inclusion (2015). A guide which summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response.
Education & Children.
- Equal right. Equal opportunity. Inclusive education for children with disabilities (2014). A report by the Global Campaign for Education outlining the barriers faced by disabled chilren and making the case for inclusive education.
- Situation Analysis on Children with Disabilities in Bangladesh (2014). A report by UNICEF Bangladesh, in collaboration with ADD Bangladesh.
- Children with disabilities (2013). A report by UNICEF as part of 'The state of the world's children 2013'
Disability, Poverty & Development.
- IDC Report on Disability and Development (2014). The International Development Committee in the UK launched an inquiry to audit DFID’s current policy commitments on disability and development, and whether it needs a disability strategy. The Report concluded that MPs say development goals will remain out of reach unless DFID urgently steps up its work on disability.
- DFID's Disability Framework (2015). The framework sets out the UK government's vision for disability and what steps needs to be take to strengthen disability inclusion development policies.
- Disability Inclusive Development Toolkit (2015). A simple, practical toolkit by CBM to help an organisation understand disability and embrace the committment to leave no one behind, reflecting on what actions you can take to practice and promote disability inclusion, in your work place, at home, in the community.
- A Donor's guide to Inclusion. a supportive manual for how donors can address disability from a human rights perspective, in particular by supporting representative organizations of persons with disabilities.
- Disability and poverty: a complex and nuanced issue. A blog post by Dr Daniel Mont an international expert on disability data and inclusive policy.
- Disability Inclusive Development. A 'Knowledge Management Development Journal' about making development inclusive.
- Accessible elections for persons with disabilities in five Southeast Asia countries (2013). A pioneering research on election access for persons with disabilities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam.
- Humanitarian Financing for Older People (2010). A study by Help Age International, which found a significant disparity between the needs of older people as a vulnerable group and the humanitarian assistance funded to meet that need.