What we do
CBM Global works alongside people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion and transform lives. Drawing on over 115 years’ experience, we work with the most marginalised in society to break the cycle of poverty and disability and build inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy their human rights and fulfil their full potential.
Our proven community-based programs help millions of people with disabilities benefit from real and lasting change.
Community based inclusive development
Promoting inclusive community development to improve access to inclusive education, employment and healthcare and improve quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
Delivering inclusive humanitarian assistance, promoting the participation of people with disabilities in reducing the risk of disasters, and preparing and responding to humanitarian crises.
Neglected tropical diseases
Helping to eliminate neglected tropical diseases by building on our long experience and existing strengths to achieve a programme that is inclusive, comprehensive, integrated, cross-cutting, holistic, person-centred and country-led.
Inclusive eye health
Improving access to inclusive and comprehensive eye health services for all, strengthening national eye health systems, making services affordable and accessible to the poorest and most marginalised people.
Community mental health
Promoting good mental health, challenging the exclusion of people with psychosocial disabilities, and strengthening mental health systems.
Inclusion Advisory Group
We share our expertise, advising governments, UN bodies and others on how to ensure inclusion in their own organisations, policies and programmes through our Inclusion Advisory Group.
What is the cycle of poverty and disability?
Poverty and disability go hand-in-hand, making people with disabilities some of the poorest in the world. A combination of people’s attitudes, poor legislation and a physically-limiting environment can also stop people with disabilities from having the same opportunities as everyone else. This is a human rights issue. And one we cannot ignore.
The intersection of gender and disability
Disability has a different impact on women, men, girls, boys and people with other gender identities. Furthermore, while all women and girls face inequality, women and girls with disabilities often face additional, compounding disadvantage due to discriminatory social norms and perceptions of their value and capacity. CBM Global always considers the intersection of gender and disability in our strategies, programmes, advisory and advocacy work. For more information download our Disability & Gender Analysis Toolkit
Our community programmes
Our programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America are developed and delivered with local partner organisations to ensure long-term transformation and accountability in communities we serve.
We partner with the disability movement to influence organisations, institutions and systems to realise the rights of people with disabilities. We believe that tailored input, communicated effectively, with the right people at the table can help make inclusion a reality.
We draw on learning and evidence from our community work to inform our advocacy and achieve systemic change for people with disabilities.
Our partnership approach
CBM Global Disability Inclusion works in partnership with the disability movement. This and our wider partnership approach is key to achieving our mission. We believe that cooperation and collaboration are crucial to achieving our impact.