An assessment of the living conditions of disabled people in mining communities: A case study of Ghana

Elvis Agyei-Okyere, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, William Nketsia

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In Ghana, the deplorable living conditions and poverty among persons with disabilities cannot be overemphasised. Despite the presence of persons with disabilities in mining communities, limited attention has been paid to exploring their experiences and living conditions. The challenges faced by people living in mining communities have been well explored in literature. As part of the effort to achieve an inclusive society, this study adopted Bronfenbrenner's socio-ecological model as a theoretical framework to explore the impact of mining activities on living conditions of persons with disabilities residing in mining communities. This article reports results from a qualitative study consisting of one-to-one and focus group interviews with 21 persons with disabilities, recruited from three mining communities in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Findings suggest a substantial loss of sources of livelihood for persons with disabilities. Besides the negative attitudes, participants experience because of living with disabilities, the presence of the mining company in the communities has a negative impact on the livelihood of participants, in terms of loss of land and a high cost of living. The limitations and recommendations for future research, as well as the need to create economic opportunities for persons with disabilities, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1223
Number of pages9
JournalExtractive Industries and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Ghana
  • Livelihood
  • Mining communities
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Socio-ecological model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Economic Geology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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