Our Approach

In providing disability inclusion advice we:

  • Work alongside the disability movement and its representative organisations to ensure our advocacy and advice reflects the priorities of people with disabilities, particularly in developing countries, and is amplifying their voices
  • Use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a foundation and guide to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Support the development of others in advocating for and providing advice on disability inclusive development
  • Use a collaborative approach which draws on a multidisciplinary team with a range of skills and expertise

We believe that we can only build an inclusive world if we do it in partnership with others.

Collaboration with the Disability Movement

“...Because you know in [our country], if we raise our voice alone, the development partners do not hear us. But if another partner introduces us, like CBM, they listen to us.”
- Disabled Peoples Organisation (DPO) leader in Bangladesh

The Disability Inclusion Advisory team collaborates with the disability movement and their representative organisations in developing countries to complement their work. This approach reflects the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Working with the local disability movement and its representative organisations allows our advice to be locally relevant and contextually informed. We aim to establish useful connections between the local disability movement, and our partners that continue to produce value long after CBM’s advice has been given. We aim to be a useful ‘door opener’ and enabler for the disability movement and its representative organisations in the countries in which we work. 

“Prior to CBM’s visit, our role was more seen by donors as that of an implementing organisation only, now we are also being seen as playing a consulting role”. Indonesian DPO representative

Disability Inclusive Partnership

We have learnt so much from [CBM] over the past 5 years, our [WASH] program was elevated to “Best Practice in inclusive WASH” due to your influence, motivation and knowledge building of our staff plus development of excellent knowledge and learning products. Partner INGO representative

We believe that in many cases, disability inclusive programming and sector influence is best achieved through a partnership approach. In this way organisations plan and develop joint work, contributing their respective strengths and learning from each other.

“The nature of the Partnership is such is that it creates a network of knowledge and awareness which we draw on almost subconsciously to help us identify partners and opportunities.”

DFAT Staff Member

community collaboration

“[CBM] Balances being responsive to capacity building requests without developing dependence”

CBM Advisory partner

Capacity Development and Systems Strengthening

We aim to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organisations, as well as contribute to changes in policies and systems at local, national and global levels. This helps to create the enabling environments needed for disability inclusive development to be most effective.

We facilitate learning in a variety of ways, including training, e-learning, working jointly, mentoring, coaching and facilitated action planning.

CBM’s Disability Inclusion Advisory team does not provide a standard training package, rather we tailor approaches to suit the context and partner.

A broader approach to Inclusion

We recognise that women and children with disabilities, and other minorities with disabilities often face additional challenges. Our approaches take this into account.  We welcome and seek out opportunities to collaborate with other specialists.

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Being part of a team

“Two elements in the project approach appear pivotal to the success with disability inclusion. First was the involvement of CBM Australia as a partner …CBM is a specialist disability agency and had the expertise, resources and influence to broker relationships between the INGO, local partner and DPO…it seems unlikely that meaningful change would have occurred without CBM’s involvement to champion disability inclusion and support the DPO’s involvement.”

Excerpt from a recent program evaluation of a partner agency with whom CBM has provided long-term support.

The Disability Inclusion Advisory team consists of advisors with varied expertise in disability-related fields, international development, policy and human rights. Work is peer-reviewed to incorporate multiple perspectives and ensure quality.

We also draw on the expertise of the broader CBM Federation and staff at The Nossal Institute of Global Health – University of Melbourne, for additional advice provided in partnership.

Find out more in our Resources Section.

Our team would love to hear from you