Partnering for strengthened outcomes and impact

CBM Australia supports people with disabilities and their families to take pathways out of poverty and exclusion, ultimately benefiting the whole community. We strive for social justice and to end the cycle of poverty and disability.

No one should be isolated or marginalised because they have a disability. Our community-level programs provide opportunities for people with disabilities to understand their rights, access opportunities and become agents for local change. CBM works with local partners including local Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs), so that people with disabilities influence local decisions, including how we work.

CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) to 18 projects that responded to COVID-19 in 2020.

CBM COVID-19 response

COVID-19 set CBM and our partners a clear challenge: to make sure no one was left behind in country-level responses. The pandemic exposed gross inequality and highlighted discrimination faced by people with disabilities. 

CBM’s International Programs (IP) and Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) responded swiftly to the pandemic. IP partners adapted work in eye health, inclusive community initiatives, mental health and humanitarian responses. We were thrilled that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) allowed flexible use of our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) grant. Partners addressed new and pressing needs such as accessible public health messages, protective personal equipment (PPE), emergency provisions and additional training. 

CBM Partnering for Outcomes and Impact

CBM Australia’s Annual Report 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a devastating and long-lasting impact on people with disabilities, their families and communities. CBM Australia’s response saw swift and wide-sweeping adaptations to the delivery of key programs, increasing disability inclusion advisory support to the Australian Government and other aid organisations alongside supporting local partners to deliver urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies during the height of the COVID-19 disaster. 

We thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who allowed flexible use of our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) grant.