Lessons learned in my experience of working as a research assistant (RA) in the community

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

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A Provisional Report: Perspectives on Disability Policymaking in Zambia

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

Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?

There is a similar dynamic in each of the two Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) with which I am working. In both cases, there are tensions about what should be done and why should it be done. In my thesis research, I learned that the research participants with disabilities in Western Zambia were acutely aware that … Continue reading Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?

Beyond Supervision

For most of the last five years, I have been doing my work with the oversight of a committee of four advisors with significant experience and wisdom. This guidance was useful in the many instances where I faced complex situations for the first time. PhD programs are designed with advisory committees for this exact reason: … Continue reading Beyond Supervision