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Jorge Manhique (ESR 10)

Jorge Manhique

ESR Project Title: Disability Voices in EU Development Aid & External Action Programmes

Email: jmanhique@edu.ulisboa.pt

Jorge Manhique has degree in Public Administration from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) (2011) in Mozambique, and an LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy (2015) from the Centre of Disability Law and Policy at National University of Ireland, Galway.

Jorge has over 7 years of experience in the field of disability. In the last four year, Jorge worked for Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund as Program Officer for Africa (Malawi and Rwanda). He served as the primary liaison to grantees and prospective grantees in Malawi and Rwanda and responsible for reviewing, analyzing and monitoring grants progress as well as to provide Technical Assistance. Jorge supported grantees to advocate for law reform in their respective countries and to make submission to United Nation Treaty Bodies. Jorge represented DRF/DRAF in the Technical Advisory Committee of Making it Work Gender and Disability Project, an initiative of Humanity & Inclusion which aim to “generate lasting improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities, in line with the principles of the CRPD”. Prior to that, Jorge worked as Project Manager, for three years at Forum of Mozambican Association of Disabled People (FAMOD), where he established the first monitoring unit within FAMOD, with the mandate to advocate for law reform in critical areas, such as education, health, accessibility and mental health, and played a critical role in the establishment of the first organization of persons with psychosocial disabilities in Mozambique (AMUSAM).


Research Interests

Jorge’s research interest include: accessibility law and policy; Universal Design of Technology; Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Decision Making and Public Procurement Law.

Research Projects

PhD research projects: Jorge Manhique is Marie – Curie Research Fellow, based at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Politicas, University of Lisbon. Jorge’s research focuses on inclusion of persons with disabilities in European Union Aid and External Action. The research project aim to assess the extent to which persons with disabilities are included in EU aid and External Action, what works and what is not working and produce policy recommendation to enable meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities in EU aid and Humanitarian Assistance.

Jorge is part of the MAP – Mozambique Norway Accessibility Partnership, which involves the Oslo Metropolitan University and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and a network of public, private and civil society organizations, and aim to enhance academic cooperation and student mobility in universal design and ICT accessibility. As part of this project, Jorge co-Authored an article with Giannoumis, A. Juvane, Universal Design as a Mechanism for Sustainable Development (forthcoming, 2019).

Recent Trainings

  • Measurement of Disability for Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) by Washington Group on Disability Statistics.
  • Training on media outreach by Human Rights Watch.

Research Publications

Journal Articles

Manhique, J, Making Development Processes Inclusive: Experiences from Rwanda and Malawi (Journal of Disability and Development, 2018).

Book Chapters

  • Giannoumis, A. Juvane, M. Manhique, J. Universal Design as a Mechanism for Sustainable Development, in Stein, M and Lazar, J. (eds) “Accessible Technology and the Developing World, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2019).
  • Manhique, J and Giannoumis, A. Experiences of Disabled People in Using Information and Communication Technology in Mozambique in Chataika, T. (Dec 2017) (Ed). *The Routledge Handbook of Disability in Southern Africa*. London: Routledge.
  • Giannoumis, Nthenge, M. Manhique, J. The Pivot model of policy entrepreneurship: an application of European ideas in the global south, in Stein, M and Lazar, J. (eds) Disability, Human Rights and Information and Technology (Penn Univ. 2017).