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GFD PROFILE

Introduction:
The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisaions (GFD) is a national umbrella organisation of organisations of persons with disabilities in Ghana which was established in 1987.  It is legally registered under the laws of Ghana. GFD is visible at the national level and has branches in all ten (10) administrative regions of Ghana and in over 200 districts of Ghana’s 216 districts.

Vision and Mission:
Its vision is “an inclusive society for all persons with disabilities in Ghana”, and the mission is “to advocate the rights of Persons with Disability by influencing policies, programmes and activities at the national and local levels and to strengthen the organisations of Persons with Disabilities”.

Membership:
GFD currently has eight (8) member organisations which are Ghana Blind Union, Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, Ghana Association of Persons with Albinism, Mental Health Society of Ghana, Inclusion Ghana – a group of people with intellectual disability, Share Care Ghana – a group of people with auto-immune and neurological disorders, and Burns Survivors Association. GFD also works with people with deaf-blindness and leprosy. The Federation concerns itself with crosscutting disability issues whilst its member organisations focus on their specific disability needs.

Achievements:
Over the years, the GFD has been successfully implementing series of programmes/projects aimed at promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the Ghanaian society at national, regional and district/community.
The advocacy and activities/programmes of GFD has resulted in many changes including promoting inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in Ghana. Among some of these achievements are: Introduction of tactile ballot system by Electoral Commission of Ghana which allowed the blind persons to vote independently in the 2004/2008/2012 and 2016 national elections as well as registration and voting of persons with psychosocial disabilities in psychiatric hospitals during the 2012/2016 national elections.
GFD also advocated the enactment of the Persons with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715) and Mental Health Act, Act 846, 2012 as well as advocated the ratification of the UN convention on the rights of persons with disability.
Our effort also resulted in getting 3% of the District Assembly Common Fund allocated to Persons with Disabilities with guidelines for the management, disbursement, utilization, and accountability for the fund.

Partnerships:
Beyond its member organisations and other Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) GFD has established and coordinates a national platform called National Disability Networks and ten (10) Regional Disability Networks made up of civil society organisations, traditional authorities, government departments and agencies and the media.  The objective of setting up the networks is to leverage information sharing, strategizing on advocacy issues and mobilizing support for disability rights advocacy in Ghana. 

The Federation coordinates DPO platform for representation on the various civil society platforms monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana.

The development partners of Federation include: Disability Rights Fund /Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRF/DRAFT), Disabled People Orgnaisations Denmark (DPOD), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UKAid, UNICEF, Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund, Amplify Change, STAR Ghana, 

 


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