Assessing the Impact and Uses of the Disability Common Fund Among Persons with Disabilities in Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana

Review of Disability Studies, An International Journal, 12(4)

14 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2018

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Anthony Edusei

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Paulina Adjei-Domfeh

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana - Centre for Disability Rehabilitation Studies

Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana - Centre for Disability Rehabilitation Studies

Maxwell Opoku

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Eric Badu

MSc Disability, Rehab. & Dev't Community Health Dept., CEDRES School of Medical Sciences, KNUST

Seth Christopher Appiah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Date Written: January 3, 2017

Abstract

The Disability Common Fund (DCF) is a social protection program aimed at alleviating poverty among persons with disabilities in Ghana. Since its introduction, little has been done to examine if beneficiaries use the fund for its intended purposes. The study was conducted to assess beneficiaries’ perception of the sufficiency of the fund, what the fund was used for and the possible impact on the lives of beneficiaries in the Kumasi Metropolis, and make recommendation for improvement. This cross-sectional quantitative study obtained survey data from 120 beneficiaries of the fund in the Kumasi Metropolis. Findings indicated that the DCF was used for a variety of purposes, which could be beneficial to the recipients of the fund. These included procurement of assistive devices, awareness creation, enabling the environment, payment of school fees of dependents and assisting beneficiaries to access healthcare. Although respondents complained of the insufficiency of the fund and delays in releasing of funds to the beneficiaries, the fund has had some positive impacts on their lives. It is recommended that the fund be increased and disbursed in a timely manner in order for the DCF to serve its intended purpose.

Keywords: Social protection, disability common fund, Ghana

Suggested Citation

Edusei, Anthony and Adjei-Domfeh, Paulina and Mprah, Wisdom Kwadwo and Opoku, Maxwell and Badu, Eric and Appiah, Seth, Assessing the Impact and Uses of the Disability Common Fund Among Persons with Disabilities in Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana (January 3, 2017). Review of Disability Studies, An International Journal, 12(4), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923544

Anthony Edusei

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

SMS
SMS
Kumasi, Ashanti Region +233
Ghana

Paulina Adjei-Domfeh

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana - Centre for Disability Rehabilitation Studies

Kumasi, Ashanti Region
Ghana

Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana - Centre for Disability Rehabilitation Studies

Kumasi, Ashanti Region
Ghana

Maxwell Opoku

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

Centre for Disability Studies, CEDRES
Kumasi, Ashanti Region +233
Ghana

Eric Badu

MSc Disability, Rehab. & Dev't Community Health Dept., CEDRES School of Medical Sciences, KNUST ( email )

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Kumasi, AK Ashanti Region +233
Ghana

HOME PAGE: http://gh.linkedin.com/pub/eric-badu/63/290/797/

Seth Appiah (Contact Author)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana ( email )

P.O. Box SE
Kumasi
Ghana

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