An Assessment of Level of Awareness of County Budgeting and Planning, Legal Policy and Structures, A Study of Rural based People with Disability: Case of Muhoroni Sub- County, Kenya

Authors : Mohamed Ali Ibrahim; Calvince Barack Omondi

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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In the 21st century, disability issues have gained significant attention in discussions surrounding inclusive development, with global development frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national policies reflecting this emphasis. However, despite these policy advancements, evidence suggests that development processes often fall short in addressing the unique needs of people with disabilities (PWDs). In Kenya, the introduction of the devolved system of governance in 2013 aimed to bring policymaking and decision-making closer to all citizens, including PWDs. Despite numerous studies examining public participation in county governance processes, there is a research gap in understanding the extent of PWDs' engagement in county-level planning and budgeting processes. This study aims to fill this gap by focusing on the participation of rural-based PWDs in county planning and budgeting, with a specific focus on their levels of awareness on policy, legislative and structures that guide county budgeting and planning in Kisumu County. The primary research objectives is to assess the level of awareness among rural-based PWDs regarding legal and policy frameworks related to planning and budgeting. Employing a mixed-methods research design and drawing upon the Social Model Theory of Disability, the study involved 775 PWDs from Muhoroni sub-county, with a sample size of 30% chosen for surveys. Additionally, 11 key informants representing various PWD organizations were interviewed. Data collection methods included survey questionnaires, focus group discussions (FGDs) with PWDs and self-help group leaders, and key informant interviews (KIIs). The findings underwent qualitative thematic content analysis and quantitative descriptive analysis using SPSS v.20. The study revealed low awareness among PWDs regarding legal provisions, ineffective inclusion strategies hindering their participation, and mixed success in mobilization efforts. In conclusion, PWDs' participation in county planning and budgeting faced multifaceted challenges, emphasizing the need for targeted interventions to promote their inclusion.

Keywords : People with Disabilities, Muhoroni Sub-County, Status of Awareness, Budgeting and Planning, Kisumu County.


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