The Nordic Africa Institute


Cruelty by design: how African cities discriminate against people with disabilities

Man walking with blind stick
Date • 2 Sep 2019

Africa is currently home to some 78 million people with disabilities. Meanwhile, recent years have seen the size and populations of the continent’s major cities increasing at a startling rate. As a result, there is a pressing need to consider issues of urban design and accessibility, and how they affect people with disabilities.

In a new policy note External link, opens in new window. from NAI, architect Mathias Agbo Jr and Jonathan Makuwira, professor in development studies at Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), assess the obstacles facing “disability-inclusive development” in this context, and how they might be addressed.