Ghana is often seen as a development success story. It's one of the faster growing economies in the world, and is predicted to be Africa's fastest-growing economy in 2018. But development has been uneven: poverty in the Northern Region in Ghana is two to three times higher than in the South.
This is partly because Northern Ghana continues to be reliant on agriculture as a source of income. Agriculture is labour intensive and seasonal, with over 90% of the female labour force involved in agriculture. But due to the instability of this income, many women don't have the means to send their children to school.
For the 10% of the population living with disabilities, there are even fewer options. Whilst the Ghanaian government has introduced legislation to protect the rights of people with disabilities, stigma means that many of these people live their entire lives excluded from their communities.
We work with local organisations to make Ghana's development success work for more people. We enable women to develop new skills that will allow them to earn a fair living. We deliver vocational and skills-based training to vulnerable young people, to help them build a better future. And we use inclusive sport programmes to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities, engaging communities, breaking down barriers and challenging stigma.
Find out more about what we do in Ghana.
Paul is a testament to the impact that people with disabilities can have when they are able to take an active part in their communities. Find out more about his journey here.