CBM Australia supported partners in Eastern India to implement the Poverty Reduction and Community Based Inclusive Development project. Rolled out across six of the poorest districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh states in Eastern India, the project focused on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families in areas of social inclusion, livelihoods, education, health, and community leadership.

With four local NGOs working together, the project established self-help groups and Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) to engage with local governments to increase affordable health and education services for people with disabilities. Teams raised awareness about disability rights and linked people with disabilities with government support services.

People with disabilities interviewed in the final evaluation of this project noted that one of the biggest changes made by this CBM-funded project was the reduction of community stigma, discrimination and fear of people with disabilities. Women with disabilities were actively supported to take on leadership roles in their community.

This infographic provides an overview of project achievements from 2016 to 2021. To learn more about how the project has benefited people living with disabilities, click on the following case stories: Shaboodin, Shidosri, and Siya.