A few days ago, I received an important question from a colleague: "Who do you work for?" I first began this blog at a time when I was not working for anyone. At that time, I had no job and was traveling to Zambia using only my own money. But that period was an exception. … Continue reading Affiliations & Funding
When looking to support leadership among persons with disabilities, where do you begin? This is a question that might seem to be both practical and philosophical. Good. It is meant to be. And to be clear, when I talk about beginning, I am referring to the place where one begins their thought process. This question … Continue reading Challenging Decisions about the Ways to Support Disability Leadership
In August 2018, Krysta Wark of the Global Physio Podcast interviewed me. After the podcast I felt terrible, as if I had just burped 10 000 empty words onto a recording that could then be accessed by everyone, everywhere. My initial reaction was to draft a blog post about the experience. That post was effective … Continue reading I gave a garbled interview – which I am now using as a resource to identify and clarify some important messages
This post was written by Patra Likonge Kapolesa. She is profiled here. Lessons learned in my experience of working as a research assistant (RA) in the community I have worked as an RA in two research projects with persons with disabilities living in villages in Western Province, Zambia. I would like to share with you … Continue reading Lessons learned in my experience of working as a research assistant (RA) in the community
A master administrator and organizer Patra is the second member of our team to be profiled on this blog (see here for the profile of Akufuna). These profiles provide at least a brief glimpse behind the scenes to show readers at least a little bit about the people who guide my understanding of Western Province, maintain … Continue reading Meet Patra!
This blog post contains research results. The results are not final; these still need to be further developed. Nonetheless, they give an idea about what some of our research participants have been telling us. If you would prefer to see a pdf version of this report, click here. The rest of this blog post is … Continue reading A Provisional Report: Perspectives on Disability Policymaking in Zambia
This post is a bit of an update, but also a bit of a title page. This material was posted after a long dry spell, during which I seemed to have few “bloggable” things to say. In April 2019, a few factors came together to make me want to publish a small flurry of activity … Continue reading A Series!
I was recently interviewed by the dynamic Krysta Wark of the Global Physio Podcast. Krysta and I had been messaging about this interview since March, but it was only in August that we got around to doing the 30-minute podcast interview. At the time of the initial request, Krysta offered me a free-range: as long … Continue reading Sometimes it might be useful to be long-winded. Maybe.
It has now been two months since I arrived back in Montreal. I will not lie; I was tired by the end of my fieldwork period in Zambia. The climax of the last week was a workshop with disability advocates and policymakers in Lusaka. The event was great, but a lot of work to prepare. … Continue reading Back to Canadian routine
I returned to Zambia in 2018 with the intention to blog…fairly regularly. Instead of my lengthy emails to individuals, or posting material on Facebook, the blog was to be the authoritative account of my work. Using this strategy, I could be more efficient. I could devote my energy to writing that mattered, writing that is … Continue reading An Update!