CBM partners

three men and a woman - dressed officially in suits - with the WHO flag
Catherine Bearder, MEP at the European Parliament, Israel Balogun, Disability Advocate, Hannah Kuper, Co-Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Diane Kingston, Deputy Director of International Advocacy and Alliances for CBM, Simona Giarratano, EDF Social Policy Officer and the President of CBM Dave McComiskey

CBM programmes are run in co-operation with partner organisations with the common objective of improving the lives of people affected by disability in less-developed areas of the world.


Partner programmes use participatory methods in planning and implementation, involving people with disabilities and family members.

People with disabilities are also employed within programmes. Mutual exchange of knowledge and skills, both professional and managerial, contributes to the organisational development of CBM and its partners.

Regional Office support

CBM has Regional Offices in different parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America whose staff work closely with CBM partners to plan, implement and monitor programmes, assess the level of support required by a partner, provide expert advice and support capacities to achieve sustainable development and a long-term impact.

Together with our partners, the Regional Offices develop national strategies to impact the lives of, and to advocate with governments for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

CBM’s work together with our partners is more than service delivery: it is sustainable and empowering of local communities.

Eventual self-sustainability

Partners are encouraged to increase and improve their services for people with disabilities, thereby reaching more communities and clients with quality services, and contributing to their self-sufficiency in human and financial resources.

CBM’s work with partners centres around partner enablement, so that eventual self-sustainability and economic self-sufficiency of partners can be achieved.

Partner enablement is a key and growing component of CBM’s work, with the ultimate goal of partner self-sufficiency. This is already happening.

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Working with partners

CBM works together with partner organisations to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in developing countries.


WHO and the UN

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised CBM as a professional organisation since 1989.

In 1999, Together with other NGOs and the WHO, CBM initiated "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight", a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

In 2002, CBM received advisory status for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


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