Poverty and disability fuel each other creating a cycle of inequality, isolation and exclusion that is often difficult to break. For people with disabilities, earning an income empowers an individual, it brings the respect of others including family and it enables other opportunities.

Role in Economic Development

Livelihood or ‘decent work’ as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the right of every person. Decent work for a person with a disability puts more than money in their pocket. It places value on their humanity, generating self-respect and acceptance by others in their community.

At a broader level, a focus on livelihood contributes towards poverty alleviation and improvement in the economy and is a powerful strategy for inclusive development.


CBM aims to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to social and economic activities including work or sustained livelihood.

We partner with organisations across the globe with a similar mission, to reduce barriers to employment and promote participation in work for people with disabilities.

Our influence begins at a grassroots level and extends to advocating for policy changes at a government level.  Livelihood is commonly a key component of our inclusive community development work. Access to rehabilitation or devices is often a key enabler to participating in training or work or a livelihood.

We focus on

In our experience, the most successful strategies include:

Find out more in our Resources Section.

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