Research study on access to markets for Persons with Disabilities
Project Title: Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agriculture – Northern Uganda (NU-TEC) Location: Uganda Client: Palladium / DFID Date: December 2016 – March 2017
Montrose was contracted to conduct a research study in Northern Uganda to identify opportunities for the NU-TEC programme to better engage Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
NU-TEC is a five-year DFID-funded programme that aims to increase the incomes and climate resilience of poor men and women in Northern Uganda by stimulating sustainable, pro-poor growth in selected agricultural markets. It also aims to improve the position of poor men and women within these market systems. With PWDs facing significant social and economic marginalisation and against a context of increasing focus on inclusion with development programming, DFID and Palladium sought to conduct research to inform strategies for better engagement of PWDs in NU-TEC market development activities.
PWDs constitute a significant proportion of the population in Northern Uganda and access to markets is critical for their economic inclusion. However, delivery of services to PWDs to facilitate their economic empowerment must be sensitive to the realities of their circumstances. Therefore, an analysis that investigates the needs and aspirations of different impairment groups, as well as being sensitive to gender disparities that may exist, was required.
Montrose undertook a mixed-methods research study to provide NU-TEC with data and analysis to support the development of evidence based interventions that will incorporate PWDs as market actors, offering value and being able to reap economic returns, within the market systems that NU-TEC engages in. A team of Montrose technical personnel and national researchers conducted qualitative and quantitative data collection with PWDs and other relevant stakeholders in three sub-Regions (Acholi, Lango and West Nile), exploring their social and economic inclusion as well as specific barriers and opportunities that exist for PWDs within selected markets. The research findings were utilised to develop potential synergies that can be leveraged by NUTEC using the M4P approach (Making Markets Work for the Poor) and potential strategies and approaches that can accommodate the specific economic development needs of different impairment groups, including women and girls with disabilities. Findings were synthesised to produce a comprehensive report outlining practical approaches for mainstreaming PWDs into the NU-TEC market interventions.