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‘I Know My Rights, but Am I Better Off?’: Institutions and Disability in Uganda

Owens, Trudy; Torrance, Samantha


Samantha Torrance


Uganda is internationally recognised for both its legal and constitutional provisions for people with disabilities, and the presence of disabled persons’ organisations that provide informal advocacy and support. Using a unique dataset of 579 Ugandans with physical disabilities, we develop a conceptual framework on social capital to investigate the factors correlated with knowledge of formal institutions that target disability. In examining whether this knowledge results in higher incomes we find that gender matters. A woman’s education and membership of external networks are correlates of knowledge; higher levels of this knowledge are associated with substantially higher levels of income.


Owens, T., & Torrance, S. (2016). ‘I Know My Rights, but Am I Better Off?’: Institutions and Disability in Uganda. Journal of Development Studies, 52(1), 22-35.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 24, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2015
Publication Date Jan 2, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2016
Journal The Journal of Development Studies
Print ISSN 0022-0388
Electronic ISSN 1743-9140
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 1
Pages 22-35
Public URL
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Development Studies
on 9 October 2015, available online:


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