Bridging the gap: Examining disability and development in four African countries


This is a 20 day consultancy on the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project. 

International development efforts have improved the lives of millions of people over the past decades through significant advances in health, education, economic development, communications and human rights. However, there has been little attention given to systematically including the world’s one billion disabled people in many of these initiatives.

This has created what researchers at the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre have termed ‘the disability and development gap’, where it is hypothesised that the socio-economic status of disabled people in many low income countries has remained stationary while the well-being of many of their fellow citizens has surged ahead.

This three-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aims to understand why disabled people are more likely to be excluded from key social and economic development programmes and to identify ways such exclusion can be overcome.

The research programme builds on a previous study and will examine the gaps in policy and programmes and how it affects disabled people’s access to health, education, employment and social protection programmes in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. The centre will partner with five leading African universities and key disabled people’s organisations in all four countries.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, based at University College London, is a leading research centre on the lives of disabled people in low and middle-income countries in international development efforts.

Purpose of the consultancy

The consultant will provide specific support to the data organisation and preliminary analysis of the household survey. Specifically:

  1. manual data entry (for N = 4869 cases) and merging of variables with main data file
  2. recoding of GPS data (for N = 4869 cases)
  3.  assist with report writing 

Expected profile of the consultant

  • educated to masters level in a relevant subject 
  • experience of cross-sectional or longitudinal survey data analyses 
  • experience of presenting quantitative findings in reports
  • able to work in an interdisciplinary team to his/her own initiative 
  • advanced knowledge of Excel and SPSS

Terms and conditions

The consultant will provide 20 days’ work between 1 September 2017 — 30 September 2017 based at University College London.

Rates fixed at £120 per day. 


Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and covering letter by 31 August 2017 to:

Dr Mark Carew
Research Fellow
Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre
University College London


Further details are available on request.