Monday, April 8, 2013

NEVIS Review No 14, Section I, Ref # 14.1

NEVIS Review No 14
Section I
Ref # 14.1
April 8, 2013
A Fair Share from the ‘Development Pie’: Disability in the Ethiopian PRSP Process

Dagnachew Bogale Wakene
(Dagnachew B. Wakene,LL.B., M.Phil)

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

(Eleanor Roosevelt: Remark at a presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – UDHR - at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. New York, March 27, 1958).

While a plethora of local and international development pundits have written, and continue to write, extensively on Ethiopia’s ongoing ‘economic boom’, little has been said about if and how this acclaimed development enterprise aims to accommodate an often ostracized, cross-sectoral socio-economic theme, viz disability. This article [1] provides an analytical glimpse at the extent of disability inclusion in the Ethiopian development agenda vis-à-vis the role and impact thereon of the country’s disability movement [2], with a particular emphasis on Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs).
The paper offers disability stakeholders in Ethiopia, as well as those in other countries with similar socio-economic stature to that of Ethiopia, timely evidence that would encourage further research undertakings and inform relevant policy interventions.

[1] The article presented herein is based on the author’s graduate research conducted between January to December, 2011 (and updated in August, 2012) within the auspices of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The full and original version of the research can be retrieved at
[2] The term ‘movement’ is generally described as ‘the organization or gathering of people around a certain issue or set of issues; or around a set of shared concerns and common interest’ (Campbell and Oliver, 1996). As such, for purposes of this article, a ‘disability movement’, can be said to encompass all organizations, individuals and/or groups, the primary agenda of whom pertains to promoting the rights of

[Ed’s note: We thank Dagnchew for talking the initiative to share us his brilliantly
written article.The link to the full article of Dagnachew can also be found on page 15 of the document on the following link: