About E-Library

    Welcome to the on-line version
    Of the Disability Resource Centre for Southern Africa.

  • The Disability Resource Centre for Southern Africa is part of the new Southern Africa Disability Documentation, Research & Learning Centre (SADDRLC) programme of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD).

    The programme constitutes the following core components:

    (i) An online resource portal – or simply the e-library – with hundreds of online resources related to disability and inclusive development in southern Africa, with a particular focus on the ten countries where SAFOD currently operates.
    (ii) A Multi-purpose Centre which is to be established at SAFOD in Gaborone, Botswana, to house the regional Resource Centre; the regional Research Centre; and the regional Learning Centre.

    This e-library is, therefore, the first step in our efforts at SAFOD to accomplish our desire of building a strong and reliable documentation and resource portal for Southern Africa that can be easily accessed by researchers, DPOs’ representatives, social workers, disabilities scholars/students, policy makers, Government representatives, and everyone interested in the issues of disability and inclusive development.

    It contains resources covering a wide variety of thematic issues that are directly or indirectly linked to disability and inclusive development. The resources include publications, reports, web links, audio files, video files, and much more.

    We acknowledge the fact that there are lots of people out there who are craving for information on disability issues. We believe that we can offer a substantial amount of such information through this online initiative. We hope that the more the facility grows, the more impact it will make.

    For instance, from this e-library, users are able to access various kinds of reports or publications, ranging from the country-specific reports of the “Living Conditions of Persons with Disabilities” studies conducted by Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), the Norwegian Federation of Organisations of Disabled People (FFO), and SINTEF Health Research, to various other studies conducted by other stakeholders.

    Regarding the copyright issues and the usage of the resources to be accessed from this database, please refer to the Disclaimer below.

    Mindful of the fact that this online facility has just been developed – and is still being patched up – we are trying our level best to ensure the growth and overall quality of the resources featured. For this reason, we urge you to visit this e-library regularly if you do not find the information you are looking for at present.

    In addition, we are also encouraging you to tell us what kind of new resources we need to add to this virtual library, so that we satisfy your needs. Your feedback will be helpful.