We have recently conducted surveys in Ethiopia that show how our work is breaking down the barriers to inclusion and demonstrating our impact.
CBM has been working to change the lives of people with disabilities in Ethiopia many years.
We have a good model of Community Based Inclusive Development that works to identify people with disabilities and help them to access health services; get children with disabilities into school; change community attitudes; get the local government involved.
Our International Programs team recently supported two of our partners in Ethiopia to conduct surveys with a couple of our community based programmes to understand more about the difference we are making.
Because the Selale project has been running since 2012 and the Jimma project only began in early 2018, we had a great opportunity to compare results and see what kind of impact our work has over time.
We looked at:
- Resilience – how people with disabilities feel about their future
- Social inclusion – how involved they are in community life
- Self-acceptance – how they feel about themselves and their family
- Economic situation – their current financial situation
What we found
The surveys found that the most significant difference between the two projects was in terms of self-acceptance. The people with disabilities surveyed in Selale reported overall satisfaction with their family situation, whereas in Jimma, where work has only just begun, satisfaction levels were considerably lower.
We were also really pleased to find a big difference in terms of levels of discrimination faced by people with disabilities in their communities.
Over 70% of people with disabilities surveyed in Selale now do not experience discrimination on the basis of disability. This demonstrates the impact of our work over the past four years, supporting active Disabled People’s Organisations and awareness campaigns on the rights of people with disabilities.
By contrast, the new project in Jimma shows much higher levels of stigma and discrimination. We expect that in 3-4 years we will see similar results to Selale.
Economic support still needed
Survey results suggested that families of children with disabilities were better off now compared to a year ago. It also showed that women and men with disabilities were not faring better than a year ago in either location.
This highlights the need for further investment in livelihood related work for people with disabilities in particular.
The bigger picture
Overall, these results highlight the significant impact Community Based Inclusive Development can have for people with disabilities.
People participating in CBM partner projects in Ethiopia are experiencing increased confidence and acceptance within the family, and less discrimination in the community. This is often the first step for people with disabilities towards gaining an education, earning a living, making friends and becoming part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.
The Jimma project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and loyal CBM Australia supporters.