Within the PIN project – Participatory paths for the economic inclusion of young people with disabilities in Mozambique, funded by AICS (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation) and led by AIFO, in partnership with Terres des Hommes and ISCOS, the researchers of ARCO – Action Research for CO-Development, with the support of FAMOD (the Mozambican forum of organizations for people with disabilities), have begun to collect and analyze data involving three groups of young people with disabilities in the urban areas of Maputo, Beira and Pemba . The information collected will be used to better develop the other activities of the project focused on Professional Training, Work, Technologies for Inclusion and Communication.
In Mozambique, as in many other developing (but not only) countries, people with disabilities have enormous difficulties accessing the labor market. Nevertheless the data on the factors that contribute to increase (or limit) this exclusion are scarce. It is precisely for this reason that the researchers of the ARCO Research Center have chosen to train young people with disabilities in social research methods.
The decision to use the innovative instrument of emancipatory research has a double objective: on the one hand it is intended to fill some knowledge gaps of the disability phenomenon; on the other hand, it intends to directly involve people with disabilities, leading them to be active subjects of social research and not solely the object of study. Conducting an emancipatory research gives factual application to the slogan “Nothing about us, without us” of the movement of people with disabilities and makes it a mode of action also in the field of knowledge production on the “disability” phenomenon.