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Inclusive Development

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Students of diverse inclusive education centers exchange in Villanueva, Honduras

Together with a global network of partners, CBM aims to promote inclusion and make comprehensive healthcare, education and rehabilitation services available and accessible to the estimated one billion people in the world experiencing disability.

Overcoming barriers

CBM's aim - together with partners - is to work with persons with disabilities to help them improve their quality of life by overcoming the barriers which cause exclusion. Some of these are:
  • Lack of access to good quality health services
  • Lack of access to good quality educational services
  • Lack of opportunity to livelihood and economic empowerment
  • Exclusion from participation in society due to environmental barriers
  • Exclusion from participation in society due to attitudinal barriers

CBM approach in inclusive development

Practising inclusion

CBM recruits and employs world experts in development, health and rehabilitative care as well as project management. Within this, CBM strives to be an inclusive employer. Read about CBM and inclusive recruitment here.

Promoting inclusion

CBM promotes inclusive development on various levels:
  • Supporting persons with disabilities in the poorest areas of the world directly to access healthcare, education, training or livelihood support so that they can participate in society on an equal basis with others.
  • Advocating for inclusion on a global scale, calling upon governments to implement the UN Convention in a sustainable way so that the social and political change it promises can be mobilised to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
  • Advocating for the rights and needs of persons with disabilities as an integral part of Inclusive Emergency Response.
To do this, CBM operates within the frameworks provided by the the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • CRPD - sets out a framework for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development. The Convention provides the legal basis for the advocacy activities of CBM and its partners. Read about the CRPD here.
  • SDGs - a global partnership promoting poverty reduction, education, maternal health, gender equality, and aiming at combating child mortality, AIDS and other diseases. Read about CBM and the SDGs here.

Useful links

A higher resolution version of the 'Inclusion in Eye Health' guide for printing can be obtained by emailing 

Manuals on Inclusion

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