Joint DANIDA project: “strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana through advocacy and capacity building”
The Disability Movements in Ghana and Denmark has since 2008 embarked a joint project aimed at Strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana through Advocacy and Organizational Capacity building. The project was piloted in 2008/2009 in 3 districts, namely: Ho Municipal in the Volta Region, and Birim South and Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region.
The Project is an initiative of four (4) organizations of Persons with Disability in Ghana and their partners in Denmark and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The project is currently in Phase 1 for a 4-year period (2010 – 2013) covering 14 districts in all ten (10) regions of the country. Project districts Sefwi Wiawso, Juabeso (Western Region), Dormaa, Asutifi North (Brong Ahafo Region), Lawra (Upper West), Bongo (Upper East) Saboba and Nanumba North (Northern Region), Mampong and Ejisu Juaben Municipalities (Ashanti Region), Kwahu West (Eastern Region), Ga West (Greater Accra Region), Ketu South (Volta Region), Effutu (Central Region).
The project seeks among others to;
- strengthen the capacity of participating organisations to effectively advocate at national and districts level
- build the capacity of organisation of persons with disability in Ghana to implement its advocacy tools and salient strategies to enabling it to effectively monitor the implementation of the disability act, the UN convention and all issues pertaining to rights of disabled
- build the capacity of its members to adopt and implement advocacy incl. monitoring strategies to influence local and national policies and programmes
- increase/develop efficient capacities of their members to advocate and lobby on all disability issues in a coordinated way at local and national level
- Develop relevant skills, systems and structures for efficient delivery of their programmes at national and local level
- adopt and develop appropriate systems for efficient and effective communication and information flow, and have improved coordination and communication within the movement and with relevant stakeholders at local, national and international level
The Project organizations in Ghana comprise of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) Ghana Blind Union (GBU) and Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD). The persons targeted include in particular local and national leaders, OPWD committee members and PWDs carrying special responsibility in relation to advocacy and flow of information within the disability movement at national and district level.. A Minimum of 40 percent of the target beneficiaries under the project are intended to be women.