• APSP Staff and other participants complete an EPRI course on Social Protection
  • Field Visit during a training session on Social Protection in Mombasa, Kenya
  • Cash transfer programme for persons with disabilities in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Multigenerational faces of vulnerability
  • Older persons are among the vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Participants of the Western Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Dakar, Senegal
  • Cash transfer programme in Ghana
  • Plenary Session during the Eastern and Central Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field Visit during the Southern Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes show off entrepreneurial projects they have started since programmes commenced
  • Social Protection Programmes also look at children as a vulnerable group

The APSP

Vision

An African continent free from poverty and vulnerability.


Mission Statement

To create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with the Governments and International Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection strategies and pro­grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa.

 

Theme: “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”

 PRESS RELEASE

Today, we the Civil Society Platform for Social Protection – Ghana, join hands with citizens, communities, Disabled Peoples’ Organizations, the private sector and the government in Ghana and all over the world to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability (IDPD) which is celebrated on December 3 each year. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues

and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The theme for this year’s commemoration isSustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. It focuses on the role of technology in:Disability – Inclusive sustainable Development Goals, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses and Creating enabling working environment istimely, as it marks the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and the launching of the new development framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Ghana’s theme for the commemoration of the Day, MAKING GHANA ACCESSIBLE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: A CONCERN FOR ALL, adds to the global voice to advocate for accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. We believe this year’s commemoration will work to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion, accessibility, realization of equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of sustainable development for all. 

 

To achieve the Disability-inclusive Sustainable Development Goals as a nation, we ought to join the rest of the world use this occasion to promote the impact and benefits of assistive technology, accessible information and communications technology, technological adaptations and other policy and programmatic measures to improve the well-being and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

 

 

The need to enhance disaster risk reduction and emergency responses this Day, cannot be overemphasized as statistics show that the mortality rate of persons with disabilities in populations going through disaster situations is as high as 2 to 4 times, compared to the non-disabled population. Persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected in disaster, emergency and conflict situations due to inaccessible evacuation, response and recovery efforts.

 

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights strongly stipulates the right to work as a fundamental human right, however, persons with disabilities are often not considered in employment due to negative perceptions regarding their ability to contribute or the high cost of accommodating their disability. We should use this Day to draw attention to the availability of technologies and measures that can be adopted to create work environments that are open, inclusive and accessible to allow persons with disabilities to fully participate and contribute to the workforce and eliminate barriers to employment.

 

 

In celebrating this year’s occasion, we join the Ghana Federation of the Disabled and the disability fraternity to appeal to the Government of Ghana:

 

 

  • To make assistive technology available,  affordable and accessible to PWDs  in the area of   communication, information, and mobility
  • To adopt sign language as one of the languages  for official activities and  for instruction, especially  the training of  professionals

 

·        To as a matter of urgency produce and gazette the national standards for the provision of accessibility in the country to comply with Section 7 of the Act 715.

 

·        To consider the change of the National Council on Persons with Disability into an authority to give it the needed autonomy to carry out its mandate

 

We acknowledge our achievements in the various disability prevention efforts, our progressive match towards inclusive education, the introduction of the 2% District Assembly’s Common Fund for persons with disabilities and the many forms of social protection interventions that take account of disabled persons by Government and our partners in the non-governmental sector.

 

 

We also wish to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the many state and non-state actors, including our international development partners that contribute towards creating the enabling environment and an inclusive Ghanaian society.  Worthy of mention are; the National Council on Persons with Disability, the Ghana Federation of the Disabled and the many diverse Civil SocietyOrganizations that continue to make noble contributions for people with disability.

 

 

Ghana has the required infrastructural framework to take on the SDGs, come 2016 to 2030. However, what we lack is the right attitude towards Persons with Disabilities and effective coordination of our diverse programmes.

 

 

We salute all Persons with disabilities as we commemorate this Day!

 

 

 

…….SIGNED: ……

 

 

 

Joana D. A. Kyeremateng (Mrs.)

 

National Coordinator

 

 Civil Society Platform for Social Protection – Ghana (CSPSP-GH)

 

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