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 ARCO Researchers, with the support of FAMOD (the Mozambican forum of organizations for people with disabilities), have carried out a training on Emancipatory Research involving three groups of young people with disabilities in the urban areas of Maputo, Beira and Pemba. The information collected during the implementation of the Emancipatory Research will be used to better develop the other activities of the project that are focused on Professional Training, Work, Technologies for Inclusion and Communication.
In Mozambique, as in many other countries, people with disabilities have great difficulties accessing the labour market. Nevertheless, data on the factors that contribute to increase (or limit) this exclusion are scarce. It is precisely for this reason that the ARCO Researchers have chosen to train young people with disabilities in social research methods.
The decision to use the innovative instrument of Emancipatory Research is twofold: on the one hand it aims at filling some knowledge gaps on the disability phenomenon; on the other hand, it aims at directly involving persons with disabilities, allowing them to be active subjects, and not only object, of social research. Carrying out an Emancipatory Research gives factual application to the slogan “Nothing about us, without us” of the movement of persons with disabilities and transforms it in a mode of action also in the field of knowledge production on the “disability” phenomenon.