Meaningful engagement of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) 

  • CBM Global with our OPD partners will promote diversity, pursuing practical strategies in the countries where it works that strengthen the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds and impairments, including under-represented groups facing intersectional discrimination.

GDS Reference: Promote underrepresented groups and address intersectionality 

  • CBM Global will increase the levels of funding flowing to OPD partners, including budget provisions for organisational strengthening plans that best suits their priorities and requirements and with a recognition of core running costs as a necessary component of project management.

GDS Reference: Increase funding to support OPDs’ priorities 

  • CBM Global will revise its existing partner assessment processes, moving beyond only compliance requirements associated with specific projects to an overarching focus on long term organisational sustainability and effectiveness and more considered approaches to understanding risk and opportunity.     

GDS Reference: Adapt funding conditionalities to OPD support 

  • CBM Global will advocate to donors for flexible and longer-term funding to OPDs that facilitates organisational strengthening.

GDS Reference: Mainstream OPD engagement across funding 

  • CBM Global will ensure that OPDs actively shape and contribute to the development and monitoring of CBM Global country strategies, including identifying key legal, social and other barriers to participation which need addressing in the country context.

GDS Reference: Remove legal, social and other barriers to participation of persons with disabilities and their organisations. 

  • CBM Global in its communications will challenge negative perceptions of persons with disabilities and will model and promote the strategic role of OPDs in achieving locally led inclusive development and inclusive humanitarian action.

GDS Reference: Support awareness-raising to combat attitudinal barriers, either OPD-led or with the active involvement of OPDs 

  • Where aligned with disability movement priorities, CBM Global will invest in strengthening the capacity of the disability movement to influence mainstream agencies through technical advisory roles, including through building OPD roles, resources, and associated budget into advisory contracts. Initially, the focus will be in the Asia Pacific region

GDS Reference: Support partnerships with other social movements

Situations of Conflict and Crisis, Including a focus on Climate Change 

  • CBM Global will strengthen disability inclusion in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle by systematically integrating disability inclusion considerations in all needs assessments, project vetting procedures, and monitoring and reporting. We will ensure that all complaints and feedback mechanisms are fully accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities, and involve persons with disabilities, including women and those from under-represented groups, in their design, and use. 

GDS Reference: Make humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities throughout the humanitarian programme cycle 

  • CBM Global will establish and support intersectoral disability working groups in humanitarian coordination, allocate dedicated staff for disability inclusion in emergency preparedness and response in all high-risk countries and invest in building the capacity of humanitarian staff and partners to implement a rights-based approach to disability inclusion in all aspects of their work.

GDS Reference: Strengthen capacity on a rights-based approach to disability inclusive humanitarian action including in situations of armed conflict 

  • CBM Global will establish meaningful operational and strategic partnership with OPDs, including those led by women and under-represented groups of persons with disabilities. This will include investment in institutional strengthening of OPDs to build their capacity to effectively prepare and respond to humanitarian crises.

GDS Reference: Build strong partnerships with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) 

  • CBM Global commits to support the provision of accessible platforms for OPDs to participate and influence climate decisions at global and regional level including by facilitating their access to climate action negotiations and processes.

GDS Reference: Include persons with disabilities in climate action 

  • CBM Global will take measures to ensure that Gender Based Violence risk mitigation and response are inclusive of and accessible to women and girls, as well as men and boys, with disabilities. This includes removing physical, communicational, attitudinal, and institutional barriers to access, and taking measures to ensure that child protection interventions are fully inclusive of children with disabilities, including through review and adaptation of policies and procedures; making physical spaces and activities safe and accessible; and ensuring that reporting and referral mechanisms are inclusive.

GDS Reference: Protect persons with disabilities from violence, exploitation, and abuse 

Inclusive Health 

  • CBM Global will contribute to the WHO’s revised guidance on rights-based mental health legislation, due for completion in 2022. We will advocate for the repeal of discriminatory laws and continue to support national and regional organisations of persons with disabilities to be able to have an increasingly strong voice in the process of such reform.  

GDS Reference: Review legal frameworks to promote inclusive health systems 

  • CBM Global will implement the Accessibility GO! process in hospitals as part of new Inclusive Eye Health Projects. During this process, we will train in hospital settings about disability inclusion and the prevention of discrimination in the health sector.

GDS Reference: Address multiple and intersecting discrimination in the health sector and build capacities on inclusive health in the health workforce and in service delivery 

  • CBM Global’s approach to mental health is based on the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We will ensure that all programme and advocacy work is aligned to the CRPD, in particular seeking to engage with service providers to promote a paradigm shift in services, an end to institutionalisation and coercion and a holistic, rights-based and recovery-orientated approach to much-needed reform.

GDS Reference: Incorporate a mental health approach in line with the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

  • CBM Global works closely with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Disability Inclusion and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Reference Groups. We will continue to promote and advocate for universal use of inclusive approaches to health components of preparedness and response in the sector, through coordination systems, collection of disaggregated data, and promoting dedicated disability focal points to ensure inclusive approaches.

GDS Reference: Make disability inclusion an integral part of health emergency preparedness and response 

  • CBM Global commits to include disability data during national assessments of avoidable blindness, to help guide the development of inclusive national eye health plans.

GDS Reference: Optimise the use of data on disability inclusion to inform health policies and investments 

  • CBM Global will seek to engage with national and regional OPDs as central actors in all our health work, for example ensuring that health programmes engage with persons with disabilities in all parts of the Programme Cycle, that OPDs are the main vehicle for community engagement in anti-stigma campaigns (like Time To Change), and are promoted as trainers (for example in Bridge training) and are the main actors in our advocacy work.

GDS Reference: Engage OPDs in health-related policy design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation 


  • CBM Global will build on existing and bring new Pacific partnerships to scale up its program investment in the Pacific region from 2022. This will be done in collaboration and alignment with the Pacific disability movement and to support the implementation of both the Pacific Framework on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the PDF Five Year Strategic Plan 2021-2025.
  • CBM Global in partnership with OPDs will advocate for the disaggregation of quality data by disability, gender and age in data collection and statistics by governments and also to improve gaps in our programmes.
  • CBM Global commits to supporting persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in capacity building in data advocacy to gather, understand and use data for advocacy and to advocate for better data.
  • CBM Global will advocate in partnership with OPDs for disability data to measure the Sustainable Development Goals via the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the Inclusive Data Charter and the Leave No One Behind Partnership.
  • CBM Global commits to an intersectional approach to collect, analyse, and disseminate reliable inclusive data, including community-driven data.