The Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) in partnership with key stakeholders such as the Volta Regional branch of the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled (GSPD), and Queen Mothers Association have organized an End-of-Project Learning and Exit event for some beneficiary districts in the Volta Region.
The project, organized with funding support from STAR-Ghana Foundation and its donors UKAID, DANIDA and European Union, is generally aimed at contributing to improving management of the 3% Disability fund in the 3 target districts and it continues to implement sustainability-oriented activities to drive both demand and supply of transparency and accountability in the disbursement, management and utilization of the Disability Fund, which, ostensibly, will effect behavior change that will translate into a new norm and culture of empowerment and responsiveness for Persons with Disability and Local Government Officials respectively.
Stakeholders were involved to harvest gains and share relevant experiences across the 3 districts i.e. Krachi East Municipal, Akatsi South and Kadjebi Districts of the Volta Region.
The event purposed to put exit strategy and measures in place to ensure sustainability after the project elapses. It was also to assess the MDAs’ responsiveness to the special needs of women, children, aged persons with intellectual disabilities and those located in hard-to-reach communities in the disbursement of the Disability Fund within the framework of gender equality and social inclusion. In furtherance of these aims is the need to also assess how the MDAs are being held accountable on the Disability Fund.
As a result of project activities, 113 PWDs in the Krachi East Municipal benefited from the Disability Fund and 20 of these beneficiaries were from 5 GLOWA project communities. In Akatsi South District, 47 PWD beneficiaries were supported, with more than 6 from the 5 project communities in the district.
A total of 56 PWDs also benefited from the Disability Fund in Kadjebi District, 8 out of the 56 beneficiaries were from project communities.
Furthermore, the Director of Social Welfare Department at Kadjebi District, Mr. Isaac Klu, pledged to support at least 5 PWDs from each project community making a total of 25 PWDs in their next disbursement.
He made this promise during a Town hall meeting between the District Officials, Queen Mothers and PWDs held at Kadjebi District Assembly Hall.
A total of 31 PWDs participated in the End-of-Project learning and exit event across the three districts comprising 14 female PWDs and 17 male PWDs.
In his assessment, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the project, Wisdom Vordzorgbe, was vvery optimistic the project will yield long lasting effect on target groups.
He said generally, the participants rated GLOWA’s performance in terms of project implementation and therefore scored the organization 97% on an average.
Source: Globalfmonline.com/105.1/ Etornam Ohene – Sefadzi