Huseni with classmates in Tanzania

Disability Inclusive Development (DID)

Over the past years, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have created an imperative for the inclusion of people with disabilities. Through our DID Initiative we seek to engage and assist the international development and humanitarian community to ensure no-one is left behind.

CBM’s work on Disability Inclusive Development (DID) has evolved and is driven by our DID Initiative. At CBM, we seek to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind by amplifying the global demand for sustainable inclusion through quality programming, influencing international development policy and providing quality technical support to development and humanitarian actors.

Thirteen-year-old Japhet gets help from a wheelchair technologist

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The purpose of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is to promote, defend and reinforce the human rights of all persons with disabilities.

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Over the past 10 years, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has created an inclusion imperative for global and national action on the inclusion of people with disabilities. This inclusion imperative has influenced our thinking on how best to support persons with disabilities and their families to ensure human right are respected.

Work streams of the Initiative

The DID initiative both underpins and helps to drive the inclusive development approach of CBM. It leads on 5 key accountability areas that are part of CBM’s Programme Quality Framework, supporting capacity development and resources on:

• Justice, Equality and Inclusion across all areas of our programming
• Accountability to persons with disabilities, their families and representative organisations
• Ethical advocacy
• Gender and disability equality
• Accessibility and Universal Design

In line with CBM’s Federation Strategy 2023, advocacy is a mandatory requirement of all Initiatives. We aim to influence long term change for persons with disabilities over the whole of their lives. Specific to the DID Initiative is the capacity build on advocacy in partnership with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs).

In partnership with DPOs, CBM works to enable governments and other development and humanitarian actors to make their own policies and programmes fully inclusive.

CBM presenting to a UN stakeholder group of persons with disabilities


Advocating for the realisation of human rights of persons with disabilities is an essential part of the work we do at CBM and it is also part of a wider moment for inclusive development that strives for the active participation and representation of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities. CBM together with its partners has been instrumental in creating that momentum for inclusion.

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CBM has produced a number of influential DID publications over the years. A handful are available for download.