Working with partners
CBM works together with partner organisations with the common objective to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in developing countries.
Types of partner
- At the local level: Implementing partners—whether faith-based groups, local government or non-governmental organisations—that deliver services and advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities.
- At the national level: Planning partners—health and other departments of government ministries and Disabled Persons’ Organisations.
- At the international level: Policy partners—United Nations agencies, international non-governmental development organisations, universities and similar institutions, and the commercial/industrial sector.
- Advocate for the rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Mobilise acceptance of disability as a development and human rights issue.
- Design needs-based programs and services based on persons with disabilities-members’ own experience.
- Act as technical resource in development.
- Assess appropriateness of policies, programs and services to persons with Disabilitie.
- Make development accessible and appropriate for all.
Governmental partners have primary competency for policy development and national/ local planning. Advocating for inclusive development with Governments is an intrinsic component in each country strategy. Government involvement encourages integration and sustainability.
In some particular situations CBM itself may need to act as the implementing organisation until a suitable partner is identified and enabled to take over this responsibility. This should only happen with the intention of future identification and capacity development of partner organisations.