SP2: Research, Evidence and Promotion

Led by GDI Hub at UCL focusing on pulling together learning from across AT2030 to address the question ‘What Works to improve access to AT’.

The Global Report on Assistive Technology is photographed in the parliamentary reception

Sub-programme 2 is Led by GDI Hub at UCL with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO), International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO), and London School of Hygience & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The sub-programme focuses on the support to the development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology and the examination of evidence that local production systems are possible for AT in LMICs, asking: how can we develop resilient local production ecosystems?

Additionally, it focuses on the development of a series of virtual live labs where entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures can be supported by GDI Hub to develop their products and services and finally, the exploration of options for child powered mobility in LMICs through; the identification of need and motivation, a technical feasibility study and subsequent assessment of delivery feasibility.



  • Impact Stories & Community Collaboration: Storytelling can be a great tool to amplify the voices of disabled people and have their voices heard. Building on our previous work, this project explores ways for creative expressions of disabled people’s lived experiences through multi-sensory impactful storytelling.


  • Front cover of the What Works highlight report. A man is photographed drinking from a water bottle using an upper limb prosthesis. The report text is 'What Works' 2018 - 2022 highlights. AT2030: testing ‘what works’ to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. AT2030, UK aid and GDI Hub logos are displayed. Cover Image

    'What Works' highlight report

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    June 13, 2023
    AT2030 Resources

    A key highlights document of 'What Works' to improve access to life-changing Assistive Technology (AT) for all. This report succinctly summarises the past five-years of the AT2030 programme, a £40 million programme funded by UK aid.

  • Participants at the storytelling workshop Cover Image

    AT Storytelling Workshop with the International Disability Alliance and ATScale

    Global Disability Innovation Hub
    May 31, 2023

    We ran our first AT storytelling workshop as part of the Bridge CRPD-SDGs Training of Trainers Module A in Geneva, Switzerland, organised by the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and supported by partners including the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK (FCDO).

  • Front cover of the world report on AT, with title text and a bright background Cover Image

    Global Report on Assistive Technology

    UNICEF, World Health Organization
    May 16, 2022
    Case Studies and Reports

    The WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology (AT) was launched in May 2022. The first of it's kind - the report marked a important milestone for the profile, understanding, impact, prioritisation and reach of AT. Built on much of the work from our UK aid funded AT2030 - which submitted over 150 insight papers and co-sponsoring the report alongside ATscale.

  • Measuring assistive technology supply and demand: A scoping review

    Catherine Holloway, Jamie Danemayer, Dorothy Boggs, Emma M. Smith, Vinicius Delgado Ramos, Linamara Rizzo Battistella
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    The supply of and market demand for assistive products (APs) are complex and influenced by diverse stakeholders. The methods used to collect AP population-level market data are similarly varied. In this paper, we review current population-level AP supply and demand estimation methods for five priority APs and provide recommendations for improving national and global AP market evaluation.

  • Introduction to the companion papers to the global report on assistive technology

    Catherine Holloway, Wei Zhang, Johan Borg, Emma M. Smith
    Dec. 24, 2021
    Academic Research Publications

    An introduction to the companion papers to the Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT).