Action Research

for CO-development

A participatory approach to inclusion among disabled women in Palestine

Inclusion through the empowerment of the Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

Location: West Bank (Palestine)

Duration: August 2015 – January 2016

Project Title: PARTICIP-ACTION — “Active Participation and Social Inclusion of Disabled People in Palestine through the Empowerment of Local DPOs” (AID/01086/EDUCAID/TOC)

Client: EducAid

Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AICS)

Partnership: RIDS (“Rete Italiana Disabilità e Sviluppo”), General Union of Persons with Disabilities (Bethlehem and Hebron sections), Stars of Hope, and Asswat.


People with disabilities face several obstacles on a daily basis: limited access to quality services, a hostile social environment, poor employment opportunities, and exclusion from social and cultural life. Discrimination against disabled women is especially pronounced, which makes them one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Palestinian society.

General objective

Promoting the empowerment of people with disabilities, with special emphasis on encouraging the inclusion of disabled women by strengthening the Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.

What we did

ARCO presided over a participatory research project that featured the following activities:

  • Training three groups of women (approximately 60 participants) in Nablus, Bethlehem, and Ramallah on research methodologies, the “capability approach,” and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Facilitating a participatory process that led to the identification of our research questions and methodology
  • Creating data collection tools (questionnaires, interviews, and data entry), training three groups of women on their use, and assisting them in the data collection process
  • Drawing up the final report
  • Disseminating the results