Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID)

CBM’s approach to localise the Sustainable Development Goals and enable Disability Inclusive Community Development.

CBID is a way of working that ensures people with disabilities are respected and included in their communities on an equal basis in all areas of life. It is people centred, community driven and human rights based. CBID is an essential contribution to CBM’s Vision and a key approach to realise the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and leave no one behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is Community Based Inclusive Development?

CBID is an approach that brings change in the lives of people with disabilities at community level, working with and through local groups and institutions. CBID addresses challenges experienced by people with disabilities, their families and communities in practical ways. For example, it offers opportunities to join community based self-help groups and livelihoods activities. The approach embraces diversity across multiple and intersecting categories of identity. In the current context and drive for localisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), CBID is increasingly relevant. 

CBID programmes can include health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment activities, working closely with local partners, local governments and the disability movement to bring about change. CBID particularly promotes the participation and voice of people with disabilities in decision-making processes at the local level. In high risk areas, CBID programmes include activities that address community preparedness and resilience for when natural and human-caused disasters strike. CBID enhances and strengthens earlier work described as Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and encourages more inclusive, responsive and accountable communities. 

CBM has a long history and a solid reputation in CBID, having influenced the evolution of inclusive community development over decades and at a global scale. Our CBID work is guided by the principles of the CRPD. It recognises that building strong communities requires a focus on equal access to good quality services and on civic participation aimed at supporting and working with people with disabilities, their families and organisations, to fully participate in the social, economic and political life of their communities. Thus, CBID is an essential contribution to CBM’s Vision of an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. 

CBID Initiative Plan Summary

CBID Report 2021

  1. CBID Report 2021 (pdf | 3 MB)
View from above. Damages to southwest of country in Chardonnières

Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR)

Only by working with persons with disabilities, communities can identify what is needed to increase resilience and reduce the risks in any particular context. Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction is needed to ensure that the Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach contributes to sustainable, inclusive and resilient communities that can withstand disasters.


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