Achieving our mission to fight the cycle of poverty and disability

CBM Australia is a Christian international disability development organisation. 

Our disability inclusive advocacy ensures people with disabilities are empowered and included in planning and decision making. We keenly advocate for justice and a generous Australian aid program.

We are driven by our vision for an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

We do this because people with disabilities living in poverty face stigma, violence and discrimination, and have reduced access to health care, rehabilitation, assistive devices, safe and accessible living environments, education and employment. In emergencies, people with disabilities are often the worst impacted and face a higher risk of being injured or losing their lives during a disaster.

Find out more about the link between poverty and disability

We build authentic partnerships with the Disability Movement

We draw on more than 110 years of experience, seeking out the most effective and innovative approaches to realise our mission. 

We create concrete and sustainable change for and with people with disabilities, their families and communities through our three vehicles of change: field programs, external advisory and advocacy.

We practise and promote disability inclusion in contexts ranging from humanitarian preparedness and emergency response to long-term development and system change.   

We are partnership based, working in authentic partnership with the disability movement and with other key organisations at the local, national, and global level. 

An overlapping circle diagram showing CBM's three vehicles of change - field programs, advocacy, external advisory - underpinned by authentic partnerships with the disability movement.

In partnership with and accountable to the Disability Movement

  1. Advocacy: Achieving systemic change
  2. Field Programmes: Enabling community transformation
  3. External Advisory: Helping others make inclusion a reality

Advocacy

Disability advocacy, both in the field and in Australia, is central to CBM Australia achieving its mission of transforming the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. Our disability rights advocacy service ensures CBM Australia can make an even greater impact.

Field programs

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world had been making progress in tackling poverty. Despite this, people with disabilities were being left behind. The pandemic now threatens to undo progress towards ending extreme poverty and is revealing the extent of the exclusion and discrimination experienced by people with disabilities.  

External advisory

We partner with the disability movement to influence organisations, institutions and systems to realise the rights of people with disabilities. We believe that tailored input, communicated effectively, with the right people at the table can help make inclusion a reality.

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How our Christian faith and values guide our work

We are Christian; our values reflect the teachings and example of Jesus Christ: 

  • We Strive for Justice
  • We Champion Inclusion
  • We Embrace Partnership
  • We Pursue Excellence
  • We Live with Integrity

CBM Australia’s Annual Report 2021

As the pandemic continued in 2021, people with disabilities faced higher rates of infection and death, less access to health care and health information, and worsened mental health. Our international program’s country teams and partners addressed the lack of information, fear of new variants and slow vaccine rollout in many of the communities we serve.

CBM Australia Board Chair Andrew Ellis.

Andrew Ellis, Board Chair

“This annual report is a continuing story of thoughtful allies of CBM Australia – our supporters, partners and beneficiaries, and our staff, volunteers and influencers – who are changing how the world we find ourselves navigating is experienced by people with disabilities, their families and communities. Within harsh pandemic realities, CBM is persistently giving voice to those without one, sustaining meaningful programs on the ground, and influencing some of the biggest development agencies in the world.”

As seen in the 2021 Annual Report.

Jane Edge, CEO 

“It was in poor communities that COVID-19 continued to have the most catastrophic impact. This was on top of severe droughts, typhoons and other disaster events.

“Despite this, our partners, people with disabilities and their organisations, continued to show strength, resilience, and above all hope; hope that more people would join this movement of the heart.”

As seen in the 2021 Annual Report.

Jane Edge Chief Executive Officer of CBM Australia.