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From talk to transformation: New report explores shifting power towards global justice

Posted on: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

It is time for a positive, transformative change in international development. When global conflict, debt and climate crises are intensifying and disproportionately affecting our most marginalised communities, including the 1.3 billion persons with disabilities, how can an inclusive, just and climate-resilient world be realised?

Over the last year it has been our privilege to be involved in various ways as a member of the Scottish International Development Alliance (SIDA) in supporting their development of a new report launched yesterday: ‘From talk to transformation – how governments can really ‘shift the power’ towards global justice’.

The report brings together lots of ideas, from a variety of perspectives including disability justice, on a key issue that we at CBM UK are passionate about, ‘shifting power’. It is a challenging read but has 10 significant recommended “pathways” to achieve this aim as it calls on politicians across the political spectrum to rethink how the UK engages globally. As our colleague Kevin Sudi, Programme Manager at CBM Global Kenya, says at the opening of the video profiling this report: “maybe SIDA has started a revolution without knowing it has”.

Kevin later shares how debt owed by low and middle-income countries has significant knock-on effects for local community needs, including health care, whilst also highlighting how targeted funding for disability inclusion in programmes widens scope and benefits all.

We were pleased to see included within the “pathways” to creating environments for really shifting power a call for concrete plans to mainstream gender equality and disability inclusion in international development as well as identify areas of inconsistency on these within domestic policy and approaches.

Our commendation, included in the report, says it all: “This timely report highlights the current challenges whilst providing insights on the voices, decision makers and agency required to instigate and deliver the change needed. Rooted in the justice movements of those whose lives are most affected, CBM is seeking to learn, develop and champion such approaches in partnership with the disability movement.”

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Header image: Dorcas in her kitchen garden, part of a project in drought-hit Tharaka Nithi county, Kenya. Copyright CBM/Plateau Media