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CBM's engagement in advocacy

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.

CBM and Advocacy

Advocacy in CBM takes place in its international office, regional hubs, at country level in the countries we work in (with partners and persons with disabilities) and in CBM Member Associations. All parts of CBM bring their respective strengths to the table so that collectively we can advance the advocacy agenda. Since 2015, this agenda focuses on the realisation and implementation of key international frameworks and human rights treaties, to translate the momentum for inclusion into real life changes for persons with disabilities in poor communities. The guiding reference for all our advocacy work is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The two international frameworks we want to see implemented in an inclusive manner are the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Our advocacy work targets a wide range of stakeholders such as national governments, regional bodies, UN Agencies, bi and multilateral donors amongst many others. As the world’s largest donor of development aid, we have a strong presence at the European Union level.

What issues does CBM advocate for?

In line with the above, CBM’s advocacy focuses on, but is not limited to, the following advocacy areas: the realisation of human rights of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities, disability-inclusive global development frameworks, indicators, policies and programmes, disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction, emergency and humanitarian responses and key programme areas such as Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID), Eye Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on 25 September 2015. Some quick and useful facts about the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form an important part of the 2030 Agenda – the goals and the Agenda are described as, ‘universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world’
  • The SDGs focus on all countries
  • There are 17 SDG goals and 169 targets with approximately 224 proposed indicators

Unlike the previous Millennium Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda includes 11 references to persons with disabilities. This was largely due to the advocacy of international, regional and national organisations of persons with disabilities, international NGOs and their representatives. CBM worked closely with IDA and IDDC to advocate for disability inclusive SDGs.

The implementation of the SDGs began in January 2016, and will last for 15 years. Much of the work remains to be done and you can keep up to date on all our activities on the SDGs by following the CBM blog and tweets from our official Twitter account as well as various advocacy colleagues.

If you want to learn read and learn more about the SDGs and persons with disabilities, here are some useful resources:

The purpose of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all women, men, girls and boys with disabilities. It therefore serves as important guidance for CBM advocacy. CBM actively engages with the CRPD in a number of ways:

CBM makes full use of the CRPD in its advocacy work and aligns its policies to the core articles and provisions of the CRPD.

  • CBM attends and supports partners and persons with disabilities to attend the annual Conference of State Parties organised by the UN in New York to discuss CRPD implementation. Make sure to follow the CBM blog for updates.
  • The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of 18 independent experts, which monitors implementation of the CRPD globally. The Committee meets twice a year in Geneva, and CBM supports a number of activities such as:  the participation of persons with disabilities from the global south, hosting side events on disability-inclusive international development and providing expert opinion and speakers.

CBM supports requests by various different stakeholders for awareness raising on the CRPD and also works with organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) to build their capacity to engage with the CRPD reporting cycles and processes.

The EU, the world’s largest donor of aid is an important global actor - both politically and financially - in the field of development. CBM’s specific focus is working on building relationships with EU institutions and elected parliamentarians to progress disability-inclusive development at policy level. CBM also work with EU based NGOs focused on international development to create awareness and capacity build on disability-inclusive development.

  • Read more about how CBM works with allies such as the IDDC and how they engage with the EU.
  • The EU was the first regional body to ratify a human rights treaty – the CRPD. Read how CBM was engaging through the IDDC in advocating for inclusion before and during the EU’s first review by the CRPD committee.

Whom do we work with?

Click on the page below for a detailed list of CBM's partnerships & alliances.