Sajana with her friends at her school after her clubfoot operation.

Resources & Research

Building the evidence base is essential if we are to achieve sustainable change for people with disabilities.

Search or browse our reports, briefings and resources which bring together the expertise and experiences of CBM and partners on topics including:

  • disability-inclusive development
  • disability-inclusive humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction
  • inclusive education
  • inclusive eye health.


  • Disability inclusion in UK climate action (BOND DDG)

    This briefing is addressed to the constituent parts of the UK Government (including the FCDO) in the lead up to COP26 and as it starts the year of COP Presidency. At a time critical to climate action, this paper suggests why the UK Government should continue the leadership it has provided for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, and their representative organisations, in its Disability Inclusion Strategy. It was developed by Kara Weekes with support of Mark Barrell and Andy Ware (all of CBM UK), with input from the BOND DDG group, European Disability Forum and other regional and international Organisations of Persons with Disabilities, alongside the membership of CAN-UK.

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  • Climate change, mental health and wellbeing - examples of practical inclusive practices

    Participation of people from the global south, including people with disabilities, is essential to the ongoing process of bringing about carbon reduction, building resilience, and climate justice – all of which will reduce the negative impacts on mental health and wellbeing of climate change.

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  • Disability Inclusive Cash Assistance: Learnings from Practice in Humanitarian Response

    CBM Global has launched its new publication “Disability Inclusive Cash Assistance: Learnings from Practice in Humanitarian Response”.

    Over the past six years, CBM has implemented inclusive cash and voucher assistance programmes in different humanitarian settings with the specific aim of ensuring equal access and benefit for persons with disabilities and other groups at risk of being left behind in humanitarian response. This case study collection describes lessons learned from seven inclusive humanitarian cash transfer projects implemented from 2015 – 2020 in Niger, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Indonesia, and five ongoing projects from the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic responses.

    This good practice collection aims to benefit both humanitarian practitioners engaged in Cash Based Interventions (CBI) and the wider humanitarian sector by presenting insights and learning on how humanitarian CBI programmes can be made more inclusive, to ensure equal outcomes for disaster-affected people with disabilities and other at-risk groups.

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  • Community Mental Health Good Practice Guide: Anti-Stigma and Awareness-Raising

    CBM Global wants to see a world where people with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disabilities:

    • Participate meaningfully and authentically in their communities
    • Have a good quality of life and wellbeing
    • Have access to dignified quality care and supports to address individual needs

    Addressing stigma and raising awareness is essential to help achieve these aims. The purpose of this document is to:

    • Document and share CBM and partners’ learning about anti-stigma, anti-discrimination and awareness raising work
    • Draw upon recognized good practice and evidence from around the world
    • Share the perspectives of people with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disabilities

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  • Community Mental Health Good Practice Guide: Community Mental Health Forums

    Community Mental Health Forums are designed to help people live the healthiest lives possible by engaging community duty bearers in conversations about common mental health issues and concerns affecting community members and agreeing on ways to mitigate the challenges and barriers that would pose social, mental/emotional and physical threats to recovery and inclusion.

    For developing countries where the culture of social cohesion and collective conscience is considered very paramount, community stakeholders, including traditional and faith leaders and healers, are considered key in seeking ways to respond to issues affecting the community and/or its people. This booklet is an excellent resource on what Community Mental Health Forums entail, featuring practical examples of how it can be delivered, providing experiential references of countries where it has been implemented.

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  • Community Mental Health Good Practice Guide: Mental Health System

    CBM strives to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and empower them to fulfil their potential and fulfil their ambitions – just like everyone else. People with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities often face barriers to exercising their rights and suffer a lot of shame, stigma and discrimination in accessing systems that should give people rights, including quality mental health care services.

    This is especially an issue in developing countries where many systems are already weak and poorly resourced. The approach of CBM across different parts of the world, and especially in West Africa, has been to focus on strengthening the existing mental health system and other systems like education, so that people can easily access local, affordable and good quality care. Ultimately to improve the quality of mental health care and ensure that quality systems are in place to serve the needs of affected persons and their families.

    The purpose of this document is to:
    • Share the experience gained by CBM in mental health systems and services strengthening over 15 years of working in this area.
    • Demonstrate how mental health care services can be improved via innovative partnerships between diverse stakeholders.
    • Illustrate how these efforts are guided by scientific evidence, global best practices and a human rights-oriented approach.

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  • Community Mental Health Good Practice Guide: Mental Wellbeing and Stigma in Neglected Tropical Diseases

    CBM Global wants to see a world where people with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disabilities:
    • Participate meaningfully and authentically in their communities
    • Have a good quality of life and wellbeing
    • Have access to dignified quality care and supports to address individual needs

    Promoting the mental wellbeing of people with Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), including providing mental health support while addressing stigma, can help achieve these aims.

    The purpose of this document is to provide:
    • An overview of the existing evidence linking mental wellbeing, stigma and NTDs
    • A summary of recognised good practice and evidence to improve mental health support for people with NTDs and to address community stigma through the presentation of a framework for action

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  • Community Mental Health Good Practice Guide: Peer Support

    Persons with lived experience with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disabilities have unique expertise and in-depth knowledge of navigating health and mental health systems, first-hand experience of segregation and discrimination, and of effective and practical strategies that promote recovery. In principle, the common experiences shared amongst peers place them with an advantage of being in a better position to truly have empathy for a fellow peer and have understanding of their needs and vulnerabilities. Support provided and received between peers creates a safe space for meaningful conversations to take place, that focus on peer relationships and the development of trust amongst peers.

    This Peer Support booklet is an excellent resource on what peer support work entails, featuring practical examples of how peer support can be delivered, and testimonies from peers on the value of peer support services.

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  • CBM Global Disability Inclusion - Approach to Partnership

    This is a summary of CBM Global’s approach and commitment to Partnership. It outlines our Partnership Principles and the relationship we have with our partners. In all our work we want to be guided by and held accountable to these principles.

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  • 14 years of CBM’s inclusive eye health projects through Seeing is Believing (2007-2020)

    This report outlines the key achievements and learnings from the 14 year partnership between CBM and Seeing is Beliveing (SiB), a colloboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, to treat avoidable blindness and visual impairment by improving access to affordable and quality eye care in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and South America.

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  • Inclusion in Eye Health Brochure

    This brochure explores how to make eye care services accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.

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  • 4 Ps for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities within Climate Change Plans: Personal, Programmes, Policy and Political

    Climate Change: This Century’s Defining Issue. The 4 Ps for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities within Climate Change Plans: Personal, Programmes, Policy and Political

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  • Disability Inclusive Development: The UK government’s role in furthering inclusion

    CBM UK parliamentary briefing January 2020.

    People with disabilities face discrimination and structural inequalities in many areas of life, which often leads to disadvantage and exclusion; and those with disabilities in low and middle-income countries are at most risk of being left behind. The UK can play a key role in challenging this by continuing its leadership on disability inclusive development, and ensuring that disability inclusion is addressed through all of the UK’s foreign policy decision-making. This decade provides new opportunities to do so, as the UK renegotiates its role in the world, and in the run up to the 2030 deadline to achieve the Global Goals.

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  • Case Studies: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

    39 examples of field practices, and learnings from 20 countries, for all phases of humanitarian response

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  • CBM Neglected Tropical Diseases Report 2019

    This report details CBM’s global Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) programmes for 2019.

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