Using Photovoice in Disability Research in the Global South: Methodological Lessons from Ghana

Augustina Naami


Photovoice is a participatory action research approach that empowers and gives a voice to the people who have little or no voice in policy decisions. This approach has been used in diverse settings, social problems, and marginalized populations. Although photovoice has been employed in disability research, most studies were conducted in the global North. Also, there is death in the literature about methodological challenges and lessons learned while using photovoice involving persons with disabilities. This paper discusses methodological challenges and lessons learned in using photovoice to understand transportation and built-environment barriers that persons with mobility disabilities encountered in the Accra metropolis of Ghana. The lessons could guide future research and probably encourage more of researchers to use photovoice to advance policy and practice decisions that could improve the full-effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the global South, where poverty is more concentrated.

Keywords: Photovoice, Ghana, Disability, Accessibility, Methodology, Global South


Photovoice, Ghana, disability, accessibility, methodology, global South

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