Poverty alleviation among persons with disabilities via United Nations' sustainable development goals in Ghana: voices of stakeholders with disabilities

Opuku, Maxwell P. and J.-F., J.-F. and Swabey, Karen and Pullen, Darren and Dowden, Tony (2019) Poverty alleviation among persons with disabilities via United Nations' sustainable development goals in Ghana: voices of stakeholders with disabilities. Sustainable Development, 27 (1). pp. 175-182. ISSN 0968-0802

Abstract

Consistently, it has been reported that persons with disabilities face multiple challenges in societies and thus it is important that deliberate intervention programs are initiated to empower them to overcome exclusion. The United Nations has taken the lead through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project, which is a framework for assisting countries and donors in their efforts to alleviate poverty. This article documented the experiences of persons with disabilities with respect to global efforts towards poverty reduction via SDGs. Face‐to‐face interviews were conducted with 48 individuals with disabilities (hearing loss n = 11, visual impairment n = 15, and physical disability n = 22) who were drawn from four districts in the Northern Region of Ghana. Analysis of the interview data revealed common themes related to hardship, poverty, limited access to education, and underemployment. The results indicated that the SDG project engendered little tangible improvement in the lives of persons with disabilities. The need for concerted efforts to address barriers faced by individuals with disabilities is discussed extensively.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 February 2021 (2 years), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2019 23:35
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: equity in society, Ghana, poverty alleviation, stakeholders with disability
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/sd.1899
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35624

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