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Staff characteristics and the exclusion of persons with disabilities: evidence from the microfinance industry in Uganda

Abstract
This study uses survey data from the microfinance industry in Uganda to investigate whether there are differences among industry staff members in beliefs and views regarding persons with disabilities. For several of the questions, various staff sub-groups respond significantly differently. A recurring result is that staff members who have a relative with disabilities often express views that differ from the views of other staff members. Moreover, we find significant differences related to the age of the staff members. For instance, younger staff members are more positive and optimistic regarding the potential to reach more clients with disabilities. The employment position of the individual staff member also appears to be relevant: credit officers are relatively more likely (than other staff types) to indicate that discrimination could be a problem in the microfinance industry. Interestingly, we do not observe any differences in views and beliefs that are related to staff member gender.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Beisland LA
Mersland R
Year of Publication
2014
Journal
Disability & Society
Volume
29
Issue
7
Number of Pages
1061 - 1075
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0968-7599
DOI
10.1080/09687599.2014.902362
Short Title
Disability & Society
Publication Language
eng
Regional focus