The World Bank Ghana Office has expressed its commitment to promoting disability inclusion in all its projects and programs. According to Ms Eunice Yaa Brimfah Ackwerh, a Senior Educational Specialist at the World Bank Ghana Office, disability inclusion is a cross-cutting theme in the institution’s activities, and they are conscious of ensuring all their projects and programs factor in disability inclusion.
Speaking at a conference organized by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) to engage with development partners, Ms Ackwerh emphasized that the World Bank is making progress in disability inclusion, but there is still much more to be done.
The conference brought together NGOs working in the disability sector, corporate organizations, and development partners to discuss disability inclusion and how all organizations can work together to ensure disability-inclusive development in Ghana. The President of the GFD, Mr Joseph Atsu Homadzi, called for continuous support from partners, noting that persons with disabilities in Ghana face various forms of human rights abuses.
“We need equal opportunities. Once we are given the opportunity, we will excel. We have the capacity, we have the potential, and we can excel,” Mr Homadzi said.
Former GFD President, Mr Yaw Ofori Debrah, emphasized the need for understanding, opportunity, and equity for persons with disabilities. He stated that they do not need charity but equal opportunities.
Moses Fordjour, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Knowledge Management Manager at the GFD, expressed concern about the government’s slow response to disability issues, resulting in waning interest in the activities of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities (OPDs). He called on the government to prioritize disability issues to ensure the continued existence of OPDs in Ghana.
The World Bank’s commitment to disability inclusion is a step in the right direction towards promoting equality and inclusivity for persons with disabilities in Ghana. It is imperative that all stakeholders work together to ensure that disability-inclusive development is prioritized and implemented in all sectors of society.