Poverty and Disability

Blind father and children walking

Disability and poverty go hand in hand, so we tackle them together.

Disability causes poverty

Disability contributes to and deepens poverty on so many levels – not just for the person living with a disability, but also their families, and their entire communities due to discrimination and a lack of understanding, as well as physical and institutional barriers.

So a person with a disability and their family are less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education, skills training and employment opportunities - opportunities which could help get them out of poverty.

Poverty causes disability

Extreme poverty can cause disability in many different ways including poor nutrition, not having adequate health care, clean water and sanitation, and unsafe working conditions.

This is the cycle of poverty and disability, and it’s a hard one to escape.

CBM is working to end this cycle through inclusion - by working to empower people with disabilities to receive a worthwhile education, access health care and rehabilitation services, gain a livelihood and participate fully in society.

We’re actively engaged with our partners and work with other organisations to encourage people to remain committed to preventing the cycle of poverty and disability.


  • 15 per cent of the entire world’s population live with a disability – that’s one billion people worldwide.
  • 80 per cent of people living with a disability live in the world’s poorest countries.
  • People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority.