IEI Research Exchange Workshop Series

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Researching Disability-Inclusive Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and

South Asia:

Unpacking barriers, realizing enablers & exploring solutions

The Inclusive Education Initiative, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and the University of Gondar, is hosting a workshop series which will bring researchers and academics from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia together and provide a platform to share perspectives on the disability-inclusive education research priorities in their regions. The workshop series will: 

  • Identify the research priorities in the field of disability-inclusive education and their potential contributions.
  • Understand the challenges faced by the Southern scholars while researching and publishing on disability-inclusive education.
  • Promote the visibility of Southern scholarship.  
  • Promote collaboration and build alliances amongst universities in the Sub-Saharan African and South Asian Regions. 

The third workshop, focused on South Asia, will take place on Wednesday, September 1,  from 7:00 am to 09:30 am (EST) | 5:00 - 7:30 pm (Dhaka).

Participant Interest Form


If you are a researcher/ academic working with a university based in South Asia and have a focus on disability-inclusive education (or know anyone who is!), we invite you to express your interest in participating filling out this form. Please check out our FAQ section below for more details and an overview of potential participation criteria.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can participate in the IEI Research Exchange Workshop Series?

We welcome academics and researchers working full time or having strong affiliations with universities or research institutions based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to apply. Early career researchers, as well as mid-career and established academics, are also welcome. The applicant should be based in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. This next workshop is focused on South Asia.


Does the IEI Research Exchange Workshop Series have any financial compensations?

While the IEI Research Exchange Workshop Series will not provide any financial compensation, there will be ample opportunity to expand networks amongst participants. In addition, the participants will also have the opportunity to apply to write research-based think pieces and blogs that will be disseminated using the IEI platforms and World Bank social media channels. 


How many workshops will I be able to attend? 

Every participant will have the opportunity to attend two sessions. Regional Session (based on your university affiliation) and the Exchange Session (session #4), where participants from Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia will share and discuss research priorities in their respective regions and share knowledge, thoughts, and ideas. 


What is the format of the workshop? 

The workshops will take place online for two hours and 30 minutes for each session. The content will be interactive, participatory, and discussion-based. 


How do I know which workshop to apply for? 

If you live in any of the countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa region (Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sao Tome & Principe, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe), please apply for workshop #1

If you live in any of the countries in the West Africa region (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), please apply for workshop #2

If you live in any of the countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), please apply for workshop #3


What language will these workshop series be conducted in?

The IEI acknowledges and celebrates linguistic diversity across the Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia region. However, for the practical purposes of finding a common working language, the workshops will be conducted in English. Therefore, working knowledge of English will be desirable. 

Simultaneous translations in French will be available for the workshop for the West Africa region. 


Will the workshops be accessible for Persons with Disabilities? 

We will be offering closed captioning and international sign language interpretation during all of our sessions to create a more accessible environment. If further accommodations are required, participants can let us know, and we will ensure that they are made available.


Do I need to have published a piece on disability-inclusive education in a journal article before? 

While individuals having published articles on disability-inclusive education are preferred, this workshop series welcomes those that have not yet published any work also to apply.


I have a question. How do I get in touch? 

For any questions/comments, please send us an email at  

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