What We Do

Disability Inclusion Advice is one of the ways CBM supports the development sector and governments with best practice tools, information and advice about how to effectively address the rights of people with disabilities in their own programs, policies and advocacy.

Organisations contract us to provide Disability Inclusion Advisory services, including:

  • Disability inclusion program strategies and action plans, including providing support over the life of a program
  • Capacity assessments , capacity development Plans and tailored training packages, including ‘train the trainer’ (TOT) packages
  • Technical advice on program concepts, designs, monitoring and evaluation plans and policies
  • We support the brokering of relationships between the disability movement and its representative organisations and our advisory clients
  • Tailored resource development such as guidance notes, programming guides, checklists and e-learning tools
  • Action learning and research and dissemination of evidence and learning
  • Policy review and advice (on partner government policy, including legislative reviews)
  • We support the disability inclusive implementation of programs, humanitarian action and advocacy

“[I value] CBMA’s commitment to listening and supporting rather than “taking over” - CBM Advisory Client

The DFAT-CBM Partnership

Established in 2011, CBM Australia has a long standing partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which administers the Australian aid program. This also includes The Nossal Institute of Global Health, University of Melbourne

It [this ODE review] also confirms DFAT’s longstanding view that DFAT’s partnership with CBM Australia is an essential enabler for accessing quality disability inclusive technical assistance and capacity building support.”

By supporting DFAT to embed disability inclusion in the Australian aid program and to speak about disability in international and diplomatic forums, CBM’s impact and reach are greatly amplified.

Technical support

CBM provides technical support to DFAT through an online help-desk which allows DFAT staff to directly request support from CBM.

Common requests include:

  • reviewing program designs and suggesting opportunities for greater inclusion of people with disabilities
  • providing information to support DFAT’s contribution to high-level international meetings
  • developing disability action plans for programs
  • supporting DFAT to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of disability inclusion within their programs
  • producing guidance notes on disability inclusion within specific sectors and across topics.

This help-desk also has a website full of useful resources which you can find here.

Through this initiative, evidence of disability-inclusive good practice is being developed, shared and used through Australian government aid and development programs, and beyond. 

Extending our support in Asia and the Pacific Region

To strengthen the disability inclusion capacity of DFAT staff and to broker relationships between DFAT and the disability movement in partner countries, CBM staff often travel to DFAT offices in Asia and the Pacific region with Australian DFAT team members.

We provide hands-on advice on how the Australian aid program in that country can benefit people with disabilities, empowering them as leaders, contributors and beneficiaries. These visits provide opportunities to facilitate dialogue between the local Australian High Commission, embassy and civil society, including local Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), to explore opportunities to work for the rights of people with disabilities in that country.

What our partners are saying

The feedback from DFAT and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) encourages us to continue collaborating for more inclusive outcomes for people with disability.

“…generates momentum about how Disability Inclusion can be applied across the whole aid program in that country – not just in the ‘traditional’ areas of health and education.”

“…the DFAT visits and support provided by CBM are useful in learning about international aid and development, and how to best represent our issues to international donors.”

DFAT tell us that this work:

DPOs have told us that:

“…generates momentum about how Disability Inclusion can be applied across the whole aid program in that country – not just in the ‘traditional’ areas of health and education.”

“…the DFAT visits and support provided by CBM are useful in learning about international aid and development, and how to best represent our issues to international donors.”

The disability movement at the centre of the conversation

Engagement with local leaders and DPOs enables valuable local disability movement perspectives to be heard so that they can inform the joint work of CBM and DFAT.

As part of the DFAT partnership, CBM collaborates with selected regional DPOs – such as the Pacific Disability Forum, which is a Fiji-based umbrella body for DPOs in the Pacific.

These relationships provide a rich context to our work and enable us to mutually strengthen one another’s capacity. In this context, we use our technical support and leverage our connections, to support regional DPOs to influence development outcomes in their region.

This aspect of our work enables us to provide DFAT with contextually informed advice, and to ensure that the DFAT-CBM partnership is amplifying the voices of people with disabilities globally. 

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