What is the Documentation and Research in CBR project?

The Documentation and Research (D&R) Project in community based rehabilitation (CBR) programmes is a new in-region project currently being implemented in Malawi (since 2010), Uganda (since 2011) and Zambia (since 2012) project supported by NORAD and the Atlas Alliance through the Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD).  It aims to make documentation and research aspects an integral part of the day to day planning and implementation of CBR programs in NAD-supported program countries in Africa, namely, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.  This project will initially run for the period of 2010 to 2014 with possibility for extension to 2020. The primary objective of the project is promote effective documentation of CBR processes and outcomes and to facilitate sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices among CBR programs. The project is also designed to address the need for evidence based justification for investment in CBR programs as an effective strategy for bringing about positive change in the lives of disabled people, their families and communities.  One of the key expected outcomes of this initiative is that it would contribute to bringing about positive change in government development policy.

Through the project, NAD intends to support and contribute to an evidence based advocacy strategy, continuously assess the relevance of CBR as an approach and strategy in its different contexts, and establish a foundation of data that can be used for documenting the added value in using CBR as an approach and strategy in disability programming.

The project has two components.  The documentation component aims to improve the ability of partners to document processes, progress and not least results of their CBR interventions within particular themes e.g. in key areas like health, education, social inclusion, livelihood and empowerment, ensure that this information is accessible for analysis, reporting, research, publication and other purposes, and enable comparisons across countries.  Documentation activities will include:

  • Mapping of existing monitoring tools / systems and documentation practices of the CBR programs in the project countries
  • Identification of themes of specific interest to be targeted for documentation purposes in cooperation with CBR stakeholders and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs)
  • Develop definitions of relevant terms / concepts, indicators and other monitoring tools / systems to strengthen the CBR documentation process
  • Collaboration with the CBR program and relevant departments/offices (e.g. the office for statistics and/or data information systems) to improve the storage and availability of CBR program documentation
  • Development of monitoring systems
  • Training of CBR, DPO and relevant government cadres in areas such as monitoring, data collection, reporting, and the use of qualitative information in documenting best practices and most significant changes of a program

The research component on the other hand, builds upon existing CBR and other relevant documentation, as well as activities and outcomes of the documentation component of this project.  Activities will include:

  • Mapping of existing evidence-based research documents related to the CBR programs
  • Undertake studies across CBR programs on themes derived from or identified during the project.  Studies will be undertaken by professional researchers (with the  participation of disabled persons whenever possible)
  • Production/publication of research papers
  • Presentation of research papers in international forums

How is the project being implemented?

  • CAN hosts the project within its office and serves as the D&R in CBR Project secretariat.
  • A National Disability/CBR Documentation and Research Committee, a technical team made of 15 representatives from research institutions, Training institutions, Government Ministries, DPOs, NGOs, Development partners and consultants spearheads evidence based planning and reporting.
  • Other stakeholders will be involved through participation in dissemination meetings/workshops.
  • Specialists will be co-opted for certain periods of time based on the need.

Baseline studies of the Documentation and Research in CBR in Malawi, Zambia and Uganda.
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Report on empowerment of persons with disabilities in Malawi.

A situation analysis of PWDs in Malawi.

The catholic university of Malawi baseline study report on the status of special needs education in Malawi.

A comparative overview of baseline studies on CBR documentation commissioned by NAD in Palestine, Malawi and Uganda.


Creating Awareness of the Right for PWDs to Inherit Land.

Domesticating the CRPD at district level.

Health care delivery and deaf people through networking and referrals.

Improving livelihoods through the Special Grant for PWDs.

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