CBM Australia is proud to announce our role as disability inclusion advisor under the new five year Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP), launched on Friday, 16 June.
“Through the AHP we are excited to see DFAT and Australian international NGOs reaffirm their commitment to ‘leaving no one behind’, especially people with disabilities,” explains Raine Dixon, CBM Australia’s Inclusive Development Director.
“It is wonderful to see disability inclusion as a key component of the AHP. This is further evidence of Australia’s strong leadership on disability inclusion in the humanitarian context. It is also a great move forward in mainstreaming disability inclusion in all Australian development and humanitarian programming.”
As part of our advisory role with several AHP partners, CBM Australia will provide technical advice to three separate consortia headed by Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia and World Vision Australia, and will provide broader guidance to all Australian Humanitarian Partners. An important part of this will be bringing the partners together with disabled people’s organisations, particularly the Pacific Disability Forum.
“People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters, conflict and other crises. But they also know what’s needed to build more resilient communities. That’s why they need to be involved from the start,” adds Raine.
“CBM Australia is a development agency specialising in disability and the leading agency in disability inclusive development in Australia. We’re excited to see our work expand through these new and exciting partnerships with Australian humanitarian agencies to ensure people with disabilities are at the centre of all disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts.”
Globally, one billion people have a disability – of whom more than 80 per cent live in developing countries. People with disabilities also make up a disproportionate number of the world’s poor.
CBM Australia is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest countries in the world.