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Learning from doing the Equitable project: Content, context, process, and impact of a multi-country research project on vulnerable populations in Africa


Background: The ‘EquitAble’ project carried out content analyses of policies and collected and analysed qualitative and quantitative data concerning access to health services in Sudan, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa. Our particular concern was to address the situation of people with disabilities, although not in isolation from other marginalised or vulnerable groups.
Objectives: This article reports on the content, context, process and impact of project EquitAble, funded by the European Commission Seventh Research Framework Programme, which brought together researchers from Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Namibia, Sudan and Malawi.

Method: After the 4-year project ended in February 2013, all members of the consortium were asked to anonymously complete a bespoke questionnaire designed by the coordinating team. The purpose of the questionnaire was to capture the views of those who collaborated on the research project in relation to issues of content, context, process and impact of the EquitAble project.

Results: Our results indicated some of the successes and challenges encountered by our consortium.

Conclusion: We identified contextual and process learning points, factors often not discussed in papers, which typically focus on the reporting of the ‘content’ of results.


Academic article




  • Mac MacLachlan
  • Mutamad Amin
  • Gubela Mji
  • Hasheem Mannan
  • Joanne McVeigh
  • Eilish McAuliffe
  • Elina Amadhila
  • Alister Munthali
  • Arne Henning Eide
  • A. Kudakwashe Dube


  • The University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • Ahfad University for Women
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Namibia
  • University of Malawi
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
  • Unknown



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African Journal of Disability







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