The experiences of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with the District Assembly Common Fund in Ghana: Exploratory qualitative research


The District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) for Persons with disabilities (PWDs) is one intervention that seeks to reduce poverty among PWDs. However, very few studies have been conducted about the DACF for PWDs in Ghana. Using a qualitative research approach, this study explored the experiences of PWDs relating to the benefits and challenges of the DACF. Twenty-one persons from three disability organisations in the Tema Metropolis were purposively selected and interviewed. Audio recorded data was transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. The results revealed benefits for education and economic empowerment. Findings also indicate that some participants used the funds for purposes other than intended. An example is healthcare. Also, both systemic and non-systemic challenges were identified to hinder adequate access to, and effective utilization of the fund. Among others, we recommend that the National Council on Persons with Disability and other stakeholders review and update the guidelines for disbursing the DACF. Additionally, effective monitoring and evaluation to ensure that resources obtained are used for the intended purposes is recommended.