Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development

RESPOND-HER to listen to

Listen to project coordinator Gottfried Biewer and team member Michelle Proyer. They were invited to the radio show "Welt im Ohr" to talk about the disability mainstreaming process at Ethiopian universities. In German only!

Conference on Employability of Graduate Students with Disability in Ethiopia

Find here the report on the National Conference on “Employability of Graduates with Disabilities” which successfully took place on 13 February 2014 at the Eshetu Chole Hall in the Business and Economics College.

Project Coordinator's Report on Visit to Ethiopia in November - December 2013

Click here to find Prof. Biewer's report on his visit to 7 Ethiopian Universities.

RESPOND-HER in article about International Day of People with Disabilities

Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger on progress and obstacles on the way of achieving an inclusive society. The activities of RESPOND-HER are presented in this ADC online article as well which illustrate the importance of access to education and better labour market opportunities for people with disabilities. Read here

RESPOND-HER in Weltnachrichten 3/2013

Find here an article dedicated to the work of RESPOND-HER in the ADC's journal Weltnachrichten.

Staff exchange at AAU - 25 February to 6 March

Read more about the staff exchange in which two Austrian participants from the Department of Education took part.

Half-term workshop at AAU - February 2013

Read more about the "Half-term workshop at AAU" which took place on 25 - 27 February 2013 at the Addis Ababa University.

Workshop on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Workshop “Assessment of the Professional Needs of CBR 0rganisations”, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2012, 9:00-17:00. Programme and minutes

Community-based rehabilitation in Ethiopia

Expert round table discussion with Yirgashewa Bekele Abdi, Ethiopia. Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 17:00 – 19:00. Download programme


Kick-off in Ethiopia

Read more about the kick-off meeting at Addis Ababa University in November 2011.

Responding to Poverty and Disability through Higher Education and Research | RESPOND-HER

Project Coordinator:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gottfried BIEWER

Coordinating Institution:

University of Vienna

Partner Institution:
Addis Ababa University (Prof. Dr. Tirussew Teferra KIDANEMARIAM)

Partner Country: Ethiopia

Project Duration: 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2014

Enumeration of results - final report



The project “Responding to Poverty and Disability through Higher Education and Research” (RESPOND-HER) is based on academic cooperation between the Department of Special Needs Education of Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the Department of Education of the University of Vienna (UV).

It focuses on two main objectives: First, by establishing high quality research on disability and by fostering the teaching skills of academic staff from AAU, the project aims to develop sustainable professional capacities at university level. In the long run, this process will also facilitate the establishment of training for professionals at non-university institutions.

Second, the project will facilitate students with disabilities’ access to higher education and to the labour market by targeting institutional barriers in cooperation with stakeholders from all regions of the country. The latter will be complemented by enhancing services and technical equipment for disabled students at AAU in combination with establishing a nation-wide development plan.

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