Low vision boy Karthik (11 years old) feeling the surface of a globe. A resource teacher is helping him. In the middle between them there is a classmate of Karthik. She is also touching the globe. The picture was taken in the resource room  of a school integrating handicapped children in Coimbatore, India.

CBM Federation Strategy 2023

We have a vision to see an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. In order to achieve this we have developed our Federation-wide Strategy 2023.

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While the world is making progress in tackling poverty, people with disabilities are being left behind. CBM’s Strategy is driven by stark facts:

  • More than one billion people globally have a disability.
  • 80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries.
  • 20% of the poorest people living in developing countries have a disability.  
  • There is a vicious cycle of disability and poverty. Extreme poverty can cause disability in many different ways including poor nutrition, not having adequate health care, clean water and sanitation, and unsafe working conditions. The discrimination and exclusion faced by people with disabilities leaves them even more vulnerable and likely to become and stay poor.
  • The exclusion of people with disabilities in areas such as health, education, and livelihood increases poverty and imposes additional burden and costs to people with disabilities, their households, and societies.
  • An estimated 20 million people with disabilities are currently affected by humanitarian crises. Compared to the general population, people with disabilities are much more likely to lose their lives in any type of emergency. People with visual, hearing, physical or intellectual impairments may be less able to escape from hazards and may have greater difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance.

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This digital booklet gives context to CBM's Federation Strategy 2023. It covers our strategic goals, the initiatives developed in order to realise these goals and explains our approach to change and working with partners.

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Nevertheless, there are positive signs that issues of disability rights and inclusion are increasingly being recognized as a priority and included in global frameworks and agreements. CBM is committed to supporting people with disabilities to break the vicious cycle of poverty, disability and exclusion, and to realise their rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

To achieve this mission, CBM has defined four strategic goals. We will:

  1. Strengthen the voice and autonomy of people with disabilities
  2. Build inclusive, resilient communities  
  3. Build inclusive and sustainable local and national systems and services 
  4. Ensure that populations affected by disasters have access to inclusive humanitarian assistance and protection

This means that CBM’s strategy operates at four complementary levels – pursuing impact at the individual, community and systems levels as well as in emergencies – to fulfil our mission.

Through these goals, the strategy promotes a whole of life, person centred approach for people with disabilities. It takes an approach that does not just address change at an individual level, but challenges systemic discrimination by strengthening inclusive systems and services, and by supporting the voice and power of people with disabilities as agents of change in both development and humanitarian action.

CBM in Numbers

By providing comprehensive development aid and support to people with disabilities or at risk in the neediest communities of the world to reduce poverty and work towards empowerment and inclusion, CBM reached millions of persons in 2017.

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