This site is meant for people interested in disability in South Asia, and for people that work with disability in development. It’s based on things I’ve learned while working on disability in Bangladesh and making friends with disabled people here.

On the one hand, this site is about international ideas of disability and how to use them in development work. This connects the ideas from organizations like the World Health Organization and the World Bank with practical ideas for work on the ground.

On the other hand, this site is about local perspectives. Desh means country, deshi or desi means belonging to the country. Originally from Sanskrit, the word is now common in many South Asian languages and is used to mean anything from “local” to “South Asian”. Desi-bility sees disability as rooted in cultures and context, and is written with Bangladesh as one of its bases.

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