CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all. 

Our core values underpin the way in which we behave and go about our purpose. They are clearly expressed through our thinking, behaviour and decision making - together, they establish our working culture.

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Representation and empowerment of persons with disabilities 
CBM is committed to being fully accountable to persons with disabilities, their families and representative organisations in all areas of the work we do. In line with CRPD article 3 we believe persons with disabilities should be their own agents of change. With our partnership approach we commit to working with more DPOs to promote all rights of persons with disabilities and their families across all areas of our programmes, advocacy, humanitarian and advisory work.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
This is a central commitment of CBM’s 2023 strategy and a core CBM programme standard. We will continue to work to improve our engagement with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in all areas of our programming, advocacy and technical advisory work with a specific focus to address the stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with disabilities and support transformative change for all.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Capacity building: teachers and staff
CBM is committed to equitable, quality, lifelong inclusive education provision for all, with a specific focus on persons with disabilities living in low income settings. This commitment is in line with the CRPD, SDG 4, and the IDDC Costing Equity Call to Action, Inclusive Education Statement of Action.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
By 2023 in line with our programmatic commitments, CBM commits to working in partnership with persons with disabilities and their families for systemic change in education. This means: supporting the educational workforce; the transformation of special schools into inclusive education resource centres; strengthening education systems and building the capacities of person with disabilities to becoming teachers; and advocating for disability inclusive education in the countries we work in.

Theme: Inclusive Education
Year: 2018

Inclusive environments in the workplace 
CBM is committed to modelling inclusiveness by establishing a disability inclusive workplace. In making this commitment we are taking steps to ensure that all of our offices worldwide take steps to increase the number of staff with disabilities in their workforce. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
CBM has a strong commitment to inclusive employment with alignment of CBM’s human resources practice, recruitment standards and other human resources processes. CBM is committed to building on our worldwide work delivering accessible and inclusive development programmes. This is an ongoing commitment by CBM.

Theme: Routes to Economic Empowerment
Year: 2018

Policy and guidance 
CBM commits to playing a key role in bridging the gap between technology and inclusion through digital accessibility. That is why, in line with the CRPD, CBM is committed to ensuring and promoting the use of accessible Information and Communication Technologies in all spheres of our work, including with partners and in international cooperation.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
In June 2018, CBM launched its Digital accessibility toolkit and we will continue to promote and build on this. The toolkit is available here https://www.cbm.org/article/downloads/54741/CBM-Digital-Accessibility-To...

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

Washington Group Questions
CBM, alongside IDA and IDDC member organisations, is committed to supporting and using the Short Set of Questions developed by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics, as well as additional tools such as the module on Child Functioning developed in conjunction with UNICEF, in all development and humanitarian situations, including measuring progress towards SDG implementation, where disaggregation is feasible and appropriate, while also exploring alternative and complementary tools. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
CBM will continue through its alliances and advocacy work to contribute to the debate and exchange of learning on the use of the WGQ. Through our programme work, we will develop effective methods for collection and use of data that can ensure that persons with disabilities are effectively counted and included across all programmes and services.

Theme: Data Disaggregation
Year: 2018

CBM is committed to rights and equality for women, men, girls and boys in all our programmes, ensuring equal value, participation and decision-making by all; and addressing all forms of violence, discrimination, intimidation and exploitation for women, men, boys and girls so they can fulfil their aspirations.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
By 2023, we will have taken significant steps to: promote the voice, choice and autonomy of women and girls in our programming and advocacy work; conduct and apply gender analysis to ensure programme design addresses barriers and discrimination on the grounds of gender; and monitor and measure the equality of both opportunities and outcomes of women, men, girls and boys involved in our programme work.

Theme: Women and Girls with Disabilities
Year: 2018

CBM commits to continue supporting Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to foster cooperation, exchange and knowledge among DPOs, humanitarian actors and local stakeholders to practice and promote inclusive humanitarian assistance. To meet this commitment, CBM is working with International Disability Alliance, Humanity and Inclusion and the BRIDGE CRPD SDGs initiative to develop a specific training on Article 11 of CRPD.

Timeframe and/or implementation plan
By 2023, CBM in alliance with IDA and HI will have a well-established curriculum and lead trainers group drawn from DPOs and humanitarian expert allies, able to effectively build capacity to promote delivery of the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action.

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018

A specific focus on accessibility is needed. CBM is committed to ensuring that all programmes are fully accessible in line with the principles of universal design. By 2023, it is CBM’s commitment, in line with the CRPD, to ensure and promote accessibility based on the principles of universal design in all spheres of our work and, where accessibility is not possible, to support reasonable accommodation in line with the CRPD.

Theme: Other
Year: 2018