The media is key in influencing advocacy and informing policy makers, stakeholders and the society on key issues particularly on disability awareness and inclusion. NUDIPU recognizes the relevance of the media in amplifying the voices of persons with disabilities in Uganda.
It is against this background that NUDIPU through the Human Rights Advocacy project, conducted a televised talk show on NTV to discuss the performance of the special grant since its inception in the financial year 2009/2010 to date and asses its impact on the lives of persons with disabilities.
(Pictorial) NUDIPU while conducting a talk show on NTV on the performance of the special grant for persons with disabilities in Uganda.
It is from here that recommendations and commitments were brought forth on the best ways to make the special grant benefit all persons with disabilities in Uganda.
On this talk show, NUDIPU hosted Ms. Emily Adjiambo the Ag. Commisioner, Disability and Elderly from, Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development who gave an insightful discussion and update on the performance of the special grant.
According to the Ag. Commissioner, the grant which has been increased from 5 billion to 10 billion this financial year is to benefit persons with disabilities who are well organized in groups of 5 to 6 people with each group getting between 4 to 5 million Uganda shillings depending on their projects. Therefore, persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to organise themselves in groups so as to benefit from the grant.
Ms. Emily said that by physically identifying persons with disabilities and caretakers, this will enable the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development to know the number of people benefiting from the grant in this financial year 2021/22.
To avoid embezlement of these funds, the Ministry is sending money directly to accounts of the beneficiaries as opposed to having it being sent directly to the districts as it has always been. However, the districts will continue to monitor and supervise the groups to ensure that the money does what it is supposed to do.
Ms. Emily noted that the Ministry is planning to develop a disability management information system to track all the beneficiaries and their income generating activities. She added that the Ministry is providing vocational skills to some persons with disabilities Persons with disabilities are also being provided with vocational skills and start up kits to enable them diversify their income generating activities.
NUDIPU advocated for Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development to do massive awareness raising on how persons with disabilities can access the grant and consistent consultation with NUDIPU and other Disabled Peoples’ Organizations for the betterment of persons with disabilities. The dissemination of these information should be in accessible formats to all categories of persons with disabilities.
This talk show that was conducted on 14th June 2021 was popularized across the social media platforms with the hashtag Speialgrant4Personswithdisabilities
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