GCRF Network Plus: Disability under Siege

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Education

Abstract

There is an established link between conflict and protracted instability, and poor development outcomes (World Bank, 2011) . For many Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) the presence, and legacy, of violence within their own borders or in neighbouring states hinders existing efforts to enhance development, while also placing additional burdens upon the state.

The consequences of conflict and crisis echo throughout society, but the challenge it poses for education provision for those with disabilities is particularly acute. Instability erodes existing capacity, whilst simultaneously increasing demand, as the proportion of the population with a disability, either as a result of physical or psychological trauma, rises. Research commissioned by UNICEF indicates that over 85% of children with disabilities have never attended school (Mizanoya et al. 2016), yet despite this, the link between conflict, disability and access to education is under-examined.

The 'Disability Under Siege' Network Plus, has the overarching objective of providing the intellectual, financial and logistical resources required by local practitioners to deliver a transformational step change in education provision for children with disabilities in conflict affected states. By achieving this, the project will challenge the status quo that currently results in the majority of children with disabilities in conflict affected LMICs never attending school, and will significantly improve education provision for those that do receive education.

In order to maximize the impact of this Network Plus the project will focus on one specific region: The Middle East, and specifically the countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip). This region has been chosen as the following factors make it an excellent location to deliver improved outcomes for those with disabilities: i) there is significant under-reporting of disability, in part due to societal stigma, and in part due to dominant narrow medical models of disability; ii) there are high rates of conflict-related disability in all three locations, with refugee flows from the wider region (Syria and Iraq) creating an additional burden; iii) the locations have a large youth population; iv) 95% of children with disabilities are excluded from primary school (HRW, 2016); v) There is an effective, but under resourced, network of local partners who are able to effectively engage with the opportunities offered by the Network plus.

In order to truly understand and make progress against this challenge, a cross disciplinary approach is necessary. How disability is understood in the various domains of health sciences, law, religion and culture underpins education policy and practice as well as the prioritisation and allocation of resources. Furthermore, the role of arts and humanities have a significant potential for shaping public knowledge on disability, for example, the 1970s Disability Arts movement in the UK, contributed substantively to the culmination of 1995 Disability Discrimination Act. Consequently, the project team comprises of researchers from a range of disciplines, based in both the Global North and Global South, all with a shared commitment to transforming education provision for some of the most vulnerable populations in fragile and conflict affected states.

Planned Impact

The Disability under Siege programme has been developed collaboratively with partners and stakeholders from the Middle East, specifically in Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank. This spirit of co-production coupled with a commitment to multidisciplinarity maximises the potential of the programme to deliver meaningful impact in the focus countries and beyond.

The main impact goals of the Network Plus are:
i) Re-shaping public understanding of disability in contexts of conflict and crisis;
ii) Supporting research and evidence building to change public policies ad practices regarding disability inclusion in education;
iii) Enhancing local, regional and international capacity to address issues of access, quality and participation in education for those with disabilities in formal and non-formal educational settings;
iv) Legacy-building through the coordination and integration of outputs from the programme and scaling/transferring findings to other relevant global contexts.

It is envisaged that the reach and scalable impacts of this initiative will extend to other conflict-affected regions of the developing world in the longer term.

The key intended beneficiaries are children with disabilities and their families, as they will experience improved social and economic prospects as a result of inclusive education provision. Other stakeholders with whom the Network Plus team is already engaged include:

i) Non-governmental actors and disability groups including Action on Armed Violence (London), Qattan Foundation (Ramallah), Legal Agenda (Beirut), the Special Kids Clinic at AUB Medical Center (Beirut) and a supporting parent-led network, and EMPHNET (East Mediterranean Public Health Network) based in Jordan. The Palestinian General Union of People with Disability and the Community-Based Rehabilitation Network operating in 250 locales across Palestine are also closely linked with the programme through existing relationships with Birzeit University.
ii) Educational partners, most notably Edraak, Queen Rania Foundation.
iii) Cultural partners, including Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), and the Palestine Museum (Palestine).
iv) Government partners such as Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Jordan), Humanity and Inclusion, Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Lebanon), and the Health Department within the Palestinian Ministry of Education (alumni links) are also engaged with the Network Plus.
v) International Organisations including UNESCO, UNRWA, UNHCR which are already active in the area of disability and education in the region.

Our Theory of Change (see Pathways to Impact document) contains mechanisms for continual engagement and testing of insights with local stakeholders on an equitable and mutually beneficial footing.

Impact will be realised in a range of fora, including practice based outputs that will improve the ability of education providers to deliver their services. Specific outputs will include training courses (Distance learning/ MOOCs), technological innovations, co-developing new curricula, pedagogical practices in formal and non-formal educational settings and creating school-school and school-community partnerships. The project will also facilitate co-development of national and school databases on inclusion, and co-development of a classification system of Disability based on the Washington Group (WG) questions and the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
 
Title Change Makers 
Description Liwan Youth Space, one of our partners in Jordan has produced a series of short films called "Change Makers" that focusses on young change-makers who are expanding the space for youth participation in governance, rights and influence on their issues. In 2020, 5 short films were produced documenting the role and influence of 5 young people on the rights of people with disabilities. These films are part of a broader series that are posted via Liwan online. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Impacts as yet unknown. 
 
Title Lifecycle disability video 
Description This video was produced to raise awareness of the challenges and barriers facing people with disabilities in Lebanon at different stages throughout their lives. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Impacts still unknown. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0DyWexeoec&t=52s
 
Description As a Network Plus Programme, equitable and sustainable partnerships are a key aim. We have been successful in further consolidating our partnerships and development new partnerships, and in engaging relevant stakeholders - including education, cultural and disability organisations, policymakers, practitioners, academics, and UN organisations (including UNRWA, UNICEF, UNHCR and ESCWA).
Key findings emerging from our Phase 1 scoping literature and practice reviews have identified key gaps in the research - notably that there is little research on disability conducted in the humanities and social sciences due to the dominance of the medical model of disability. In the arts and cultural domain, whilst there is little research on disability and the arts, there is an abundance of dynamic practice to be built on and developed. Key priorities have also been identified in relation to urgent need in the context of conflict, displacement, Covid-19 and in the Lebanese case - the Beirut Port Explosion.
The small grant call launched in March 2022 has been based on the collection of this empirical scoping data. Postdoctoral fellowships to be launched this month (March 2022) will support the development of local academic infrastructure and regional knowledge production. The large grant call will be launched in April 2022 aiming to collect empirical data on identified priorities and interdisciplinary research gaps.
Exploitation Route The outcomes to date are being carried forward into Phase 2, with the commissioning of research in order to address the identified gaps and priorities.
The commissioning relates to developing the research agenda, research capacity and infrastructural legacy.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://disabilityundersiege.org/
 
Description To date: Our findings have been used by UN organisations - namely UNRWA and UNICEF who have drawn on our work in their media campaigns for the promotion of inclusivity. This has raised public awareness and thought-provoking dialogue pertaining to how the general public, as well as policymakers and practitioners understand disability. Our findings have also supported and enabled the disability movement in oPT to achieve significant gains with respect to universal health benefits for people with disabilities.
Sector Construction,Education,Healthcare,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Guidelines on inclusive reconstruction for Beirut
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description National social protection policy Lebanon review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Comparative case study of impact of covid-19 on persons with disabilities in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine: awarded as supplement to Disability Under Siege Main award
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 08/2021
 
Description ESRC IAA (Festival of Social Sciences)
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2021 
End 11/2021
 
Description ESRC IAA Mentoring Scheme award
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 08/2021
 
Description Impact Accelerator Fund, ESRC
Amount £6,260 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sussex 
Department ESRC Impact acceleration Fund
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description UNPRPD analytical framework project for a Disability Inclusive Recovery from Covid-19
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Awarded as supplement to Disability Under Siege Main award 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Title Arts and Culture Disability Mapping - Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine 
Description This consists of a mapping of all arts and cultural institutions and practices engaging with disability in the region. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This is be available shortly through the disability under siege website, and is the first mapping database of arts and cultural engagements with disability in the middle east region. It will enable other researchers and practitioners to collaborate with one another in order to promote inclusive education. 
 
Description CLS Advisory Research Committee membership (Dina Kiwan) 
Organisation Centre for Lebanese Studies
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Membership of the Center for Lebanese Studies Research Committee involves giving strategic advice on the programme of work and future priorities of the Centre, and selecting for postdoctoral funding scholarships and mentoring.
Collaborator Contribution Identifying synergies between programmes of work
Impact Award of postdoctoral fellowships
Start Year 2021
 
Description Covid-19 campaign in development with the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have worked with the American University of Beirut's Department for Architecture in producing a campaign on the needs of persons with disabilities in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
Collaborator Contribution The department of architecture at AUB has contributed its expertise in relation to inclusive design.
Impact Campaign materials.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Disability and Leadership Project 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A University of Birmingham coordinated group has been set up to focus on the theme of Disability and Leadership.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact Some initial funding of £1,000 has been secured by a University of Birmingham group of which PI, Kiwan and Kubenz (Research Fellow) are members. A literature review is underway, so no outcomes as yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Media campaign 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This was a social media campaign on the use of terminology and language use in relation to the topic of disability, and when talking about persons with disability. The research team brought the intellectual expertise to this campaign.
Collaborator Contribution AUB contributed in terms of social media expertise.
Impact Social media campaign materials.
Start Year 2020
 
Description UNDP collaboration 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department United Nations Development Programme
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UNDP has invited our CoI in Lebanon to a consultation on transportation, and a simulation of future crises in order to prepare to inclusive planning.
Collaborator Contribution As stated above.
Impact No outcomes as yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UNICEF collaboration 
Organisation UNICEF
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution UNICEF is a member of our Lebanon Co-Is Disability Hub. We are in discussion with UNICEF about plans for screening the Lifecycle video on national TV in conjunction with support by UNICEF.
Collaborator Contribution As above
Impact Ongoing - planned TV screening of video.
Start Year 2021
 
Description UNRWA collaboration 
Organisation United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Country Jordan 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We are in the process of an agreement with UNRWA who have approached us for our video on inclusive design and language use/terminology in their campaign working in schools, and we are advising them.
Collaborator Contribution As detailed above.
Impact Ongoing.
Start Year 2021
 
Description "All In" - Fabian Review Article (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "All In" article published in Fabian Review Magazine by Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network, 14/12/21.

National, incl 7,000 members of the Fabian Society and > 4000 impressions on Twitter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fabians.org.uk/all-in-2/
 
Description "Theatre and Palestinian Arts: Women and Inclusive Peace" (IUG, Nazmi Al Masri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 2 out of 8 theatrical sketches were performed by school children with hearing disability using sign language and interpretation to Arabic in this event at IUG "Theatre and Palestinian Arts: Women and Inclusive Peace"
Celebrating International Women's Day (March 8 2022)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.facebook.com/nazmi.masri.5/posts/10225236344752289
 
Description 6th International Conference on Disability and Development: Disability and COVID-19 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (IUG, Nazmi Al Masri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact co-participated in the 6th International Conference on Disability and Development: Disability and COVID-19 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the "Education of learners with disabilities under siege in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Mon14 - Thurs 17 March 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description AHRC-UN webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on persons with disabilities (30/04/21), 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This webinar presented the key findings of the systematic literature review conducted to identify the impacts of covid-19 on people with disabilities globally. It was attended by an international audience of academics, policymakers, students and practitioners, and reported widely inn the press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Advisory Group, UNPRPD project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact An advisory group has been established consisting of disabled stakeholder experts across a number of lower and middle income countries (LMICs) from Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
Their role is to feed into and advise on the findings emerging from the literature review conducted to inform the development UNPRPD analytic framework for a disability-inclusive recovery from Covid-19 in LMICs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Back to School Campaign - Lebanon Video Campaign (Itab Shuayb) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Awareness campaign in support of inclusive education and learning during times of multi-fold crisis in Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buhSCwu59RQ
 
Description COVID-19 and disability in the Global South webinar (Organiser, Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact COVID-19 and disability in the Global South online webinar, organised by Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network.
Over 100 participants attended globally to learn of the impacts of Covid-10 on persons with disabilities (PWDs). The webinar intended to raise awareness around the subject and gave PWDs a platform to discuss their lived experiences.

Request for 2 interviews post event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5C-_NZq-cc&t=1s
 
Description Covid-19 disability inclusive campaign Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This campaign raised the key issues and barriers for those with disabilities in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Disability Under Siege RNIB Radio Interview (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network, interview by RNIB Radio on 3rd December 2021. Raising awareness of Disability and Covid-19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://audioboom.com/posts/7989857-disability-under-siege
 
Description Disability Under Siege: An Analytical Framework for a Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Disability Under Siege: An Analytical Framework for a Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery paper presented at World Pandemic Research Network online conference on 10th December 2021. Raising awareness around the subject of Covid-19 and disability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://wprn.org/item/407052
 
Description Disability and COVID in Low and Middle-Income Countries AMI Radio (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewee on AMI Radio to discuss Disability and COVID in Low and Middle-Income Countries on 08/05/21, Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network.

Raising awareness of Covid-19 and disability in the global south
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcast.app/disability-and-covid-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-e136819137/
 
Description Disability and COVID-19 in the Global South (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The impact of COVID-19 on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries paper presented at the Presentation at Midlands Graduate School conference 2021, Warwick University, Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/news/seminars/mgsstudentconf2020/
 
Description Disability and COVID-19 in the Global South AMI Radio (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewee on AMI Radio to discuss Disability and COVID in Low and Middle-Income Countries on 20/05/21, Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network.

Raising awareness of Covid-19 and disability in the global south
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Engaging with the PWD movement at Palestinian Legislative Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Providing information and research support to PWDs engagement with the Palestinian Legislative Council. This led to the promulgation of a decision to provide PWDs and their families with free health care.
A written commentary on the social action process of the sit-in is published in the Lancet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00356-1/fulltext
 
Description GCRF Education Regional Networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This networking event enabled dialogue opportunities for interested stakeholders in the Middle East to learn about and engage with the Network Plus programmes working in the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Global Perspectives on Sign Language Interpreting: The role, education, and professionalization of Arabic & International Sign Language interpreters in Lebanon & Jordan (Itab Shuayb) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Online webinar, with panel member and Co-I, Disability Under Siege Network, Itab Shuayb

Global Perspectives on Sign Language Interpreting
The role, education, and professionalization of Arabic and International Sign Language interpreters in Lebanon and Jordan

Monday 8 November 2021, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Beirut-Amman / 2:00 PM UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://disability-hub.com/global-perspectives-on-sign-language-interpreting/
 
Description How has the pandemic deepened existing inequality in employability? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under siege Network, research on "How has the pandemic deepened existing inequality in employability?" gained media coverage on FE News. Raising awareness of Disability and Covid-19.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.fenews.co.uk/exclusive/how-has-the-pandemic-deepened-existing-inequality-in-employabilit...
 
Description How pandemic responses neglected disabled people's rights (Vera Kubenz 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How pandemic responses neglected disabled people's rights article written by Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege network, for The Conversation.

6,500 reads incl. 8 reposts on other platforms, >100 social media shares
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/how-pandemic-responses-neglected-disabled-peoples-rights-158591
 
Description Inclusive Communication protects Rights and Eliminates Discrimination Video Campaign (Itab Shuayb) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Video Campaign aiming to promote rights-based language and inclusion by raising awareness on the correct inclusive terminologies that one should use. The campaign recounts the story of 7 individuals who have disabilities. Working with partners, United Nations Relief and Works Agency to disseminate research on disability in the global south.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_NFPPYdNs0
 
Description Modifying Moodle platform to meet the needs of Persons with Disability (IUG, Nazmi Al Masri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Modifying Moodle platform to meet the needs of PWDs Feb 2021- March 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Nothing About Us Without Us - What can the COVID-19 pandemic teach us about disability justice? (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vera Kubenz, Research Fellow, Disability Under Siege Network hosted an online webinar for over 100 participants globally on9th November 2021. The event was part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Sciences held by the University of Birmingham. A mall stipend of £600 was awarded to the webinar from the ESRC to assist with the dissemination of the research into Covid-19 and disability in the global south.

Request for interview post event and further information on the research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/socsci/events/esrc-festival-2021/events/nothing-abo...
 
Description Online rally all day radio coverage - International Disability Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact he programme was hosted by Batool Muheisen and Dr. Omar Abu Haniya (who are people with disabilities) as well as Ms. Suhair AbdulKader. It was also supported by two sign language interpreters. The rally interviewed, discussed and reflected on several topics regarding disability such as
follows:
- Terms (Say but don't say)
- Human Interest stories of persons with disability (social media influencers usch as Majd, black belt in Karate such as Hana)
- Interventions that supported and mobilized for an inclusive community
- Persons with disability (how they get over their challenges)
- The role of religion in supporting people with disability
Several speakers and guests were hosted during the rally including Dr. Suha Tabbal, Maha Barghouthi, Awatef Abu AlRub (initiative focusing on Dabkeh (folklore dance) with disabilities), Omar Arabiyat, Laila Qusous and many other guests and initiatives. Find the links below:
Rally Liwan - Session 1
https://web.facebook.com/1411704742378472/videos/774570319939178
Rally Liwan - Session 2
https://web.facebook.com/1411704742378472/videos/1091042938012173
Rally Liwan - Session 3
https://web.facebook.com/1411704742378472/videos/163719828798227
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at GCRF coordinated workshop for UNHCR on education research programmes in the Middle East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop was convened by AHRC to provide a policy audience (initially arising out of a request from UNHCR) with information regarding ongoing GCRF Large-scale programmes focussing on education in the Middle East. I was invited to present on the work of Disability Under Siege.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Project Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was the official launch of the Disability Under Siege Main Award which was held online. Over 100 participants took part from across 15 countries, as the event was held online. The Network Plus programme of work was introduced by PI Kiwan, with country presentations from CO-Is and from the Project CO-I Cultural Lead. Discussion and questions followed, and details provided about the research commissioning stage. There was positive engagement with participants who were invited to indicate their interest in contributing to the commissioning development through co-consultations workshops planned for March 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Recruitment of new PhD students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 2 additional PhD students have been accepted at University of Birmingham affiliated to the Disabilty Under Siege Programme, one of whom is part funded by the University of Birmingham. These students are supervised by PI Kiwan, and Co-I Woodcock both University of Birmingham, and Co-I Giacaman.
An additional PhD student has been recruited to the Crerative Writing Department, University of Birmingham to work on disbility Studies, and is currently down to the last round of M4C funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Safeguarding Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 7th July members of the Rights 4 Time and Disability Under Siege GCRF Networks held a workshop to discuss safeguarding in the context of developmental research, identify key challenges and core principles in designing applying appropriate frameworks.
The workshop discussions were structured around the following topics:
1. Who is being safeguarded and from what?
2. What are we safeguarding from?
3. Overview of UK Collaborative on Development Research Safeguarding Guidelines.
4. What are the core principles/values that should underpin our safeguarding approaches?
5. Key considerations in designing safeguarding frameworks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description The impact of COVID 19 on Persons with Disabilities in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan Video (Itab Shuayb) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Video presenting finding of the research on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities and their families in gaining access to online education and healthcare services, and on the challenges they have encountered during the pandemic in Lebanon and Jordan.

Information video, raising awareness of the impact of Covid-19 on Persons with Disabilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwzzACFQ9DQ
 
Description The impact of COVID-19 on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Vera Kubenz) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The impact of COVID-19 on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries paper presented at Presented at Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing and Place Conference on 2nd December 2021.

Submission of full article to follow.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://architecturemps.com/design-health/
 
Description The targeting of high-rises in Gaza: an analysis of Israel's air strikes on tall buildings in 2021 (Iain Overton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact "The targeting of high-rises in Gaza: an analysis of Israel's air strikes on tall buildings in 2021" blog article written by Network partner Iain Overton (Action on Armed Violence). Article inspired by research undertaken by Disability Under Siege Network Co-I, Dr Itab Shuayb. Discussion provoking and awareness raising for the DUS Network's research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aoav.org.uk/2021/the-targeting-of-high-rises-in-gaza-an-analysis-of-israels-air-strikes-on-t...
 
Description Train the Trainers, Compare Journal (Dina Kiwan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a Compare Writing-for-Publication programme run for the Compare journal editorial board members and British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE )executive members, with the idea that they may assist with running future events and/or support the programme as e-mentors. This TOT event will also be useful for Compare editorial board members and editors to reflect on and revisit the journal's often taken-for-granted practices from the perspective of potential contributors in the Global South. Dina Kiwan, member of editorial board of the peer-referred journal Compare attended this training, and this expertise will be used for the mentoring of Global South commissioned projects within the DUS programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description UNPRP - AHRC Partnership Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is the joint advisory board of the UNPRPD - AHRC partnership of which we are members. The remit of the advisory board is to advise on the AHRC-funded UNPRPD analytic framework project on the impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities in LMICs across all sectors (a supplement to the main award). The aim of the project is to provide empirical evidence from a systematic research review of existing evidence, in conjucntion with the coordination of 7 AHRC-funded case studies, whose evidence will also feed into the development of the UNPRPD analytic framework for a disability inclusive recovery in LMICs.
We have presented to the board twice on the emerging findings of the literature review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Virtual Workshop: Innovative methods for researching disability and COVID-19 in the Global South (Nazmi Al Masri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Virtual Workshop: Innovative methods for researching disability and COVID-19 in the Global South 03/03/22
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://disabilityundersiege.org/?page_id=981
 
Description Workshop on inclusive reconstruction of Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The panel webinar "What Would an Inclusive Beirut Look Like? A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Inclusive Reconstruction in Lebanon", was hosted in February 18th 2021 by the Lebanon CO-I organisation and chaired by PI Kiwan. Speakers included experts on inclusive education, mental health and inclusive design, and the sharing on an inclusive practices video.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://disability-hub.com/what-would-an-inclusive-beirut-look-like-a-multi-disciplinary-approach-to...