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Completed research project

Title / Titel Disability, Displacement, and Technology - Unfolding Dynamics of Vulnerability Categories among People with Physical Disabilities in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda
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Original title / Originaltitel Disability, Displacement, and Technology - Unfolding Dynamics of Vulnerability Categories among People with Physical Disabilities in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda
Summary / Zusammenfassung Displacement – characterized by a disruption of community and family structures, a changed physical and economic environment and specific administrative processes – poses considerable challenges for people with disabilities. In order to secure their rights and to cater for their needs, humanitarian actors target people with disabilities as the “most vulnerable” among the refugee population. In Uganda, UNHCR adopts a self-reliance strategy that demands refugees to cultivate a plot of land in assigned settlement areas in order to become self-sustained. Within this process, people with disabilities are considered and receive special support through the application of vulnerability categories. This situation, however, challenges defining criteria for inclusion and exclusion and should therefore especially be considered critically in the light of transferring disability concepts to Uganda that have been developed in the global North.

This ethnographic research project approaches the issue of the effects of administrative categories with the question of how people with physical disabilities experience and manage their daily lives in Kyangwali refugee settlement. It will explore the significance of disability in the context of a refugee settlement under the specific consideration of the support people with physical disabilities are entitled to through the categorization process, with a special focus on existing assistive technologies and their influence on the proposed self-reliance strategy. It will discuss how the categorization process can change meanings of disability by defining who has access to which services and which consequences this has for people with a physical disability’s actual and perceived vulnerability. By focusing on how they negotiate their daily life opportunities in this institutional setting the research aims to challenge the prevalent discourse on the vulnerability of refugees with disabilities and contribute to the debate how assistive technologies shape their daily lives.
Keywords / Suchbegriffe Disability, Displacement, Vulnerability, Assistive Technologies, Refugee Settlement, UNHCR, Uganda
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
MA Marie Schuler (Project Leader) maria-theres.schuler@uzh.ch
Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch flitsch@vmz.uzh.ch Flitsch/at/UZH" flitsch@vmz.uzh.ch
Other links to external web pages http://www.disabilityandtechnology.uzh.ch/index.html
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
SNF r4d programme (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development), Project 'Disability and Technology in Uganda from Local and Global Perspectives'
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Research group Disability & Technology, cooperation project between the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and the University of Zurich
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Feb 2014 to Feb 2017