Who we work with
We believe that we can achieve more by working together. CBM UK works with a wide range of partners to transform the lives of people with disabilities and build a more inclusive world.
Our life-changing programmes are delivered by local partners, bringing together CBM’s technical expertise, global perspective and connections, and funding, with their specialist expertise, understanding of the local context and culture, and their connections and relationships with key stakeholders in country. Local partners may be Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), hospitals, churches or government departments. CBM and our partners work together to challenge injustice, strengthen systems, build capacity, foster connections between partners and share evidence of what works. Read our Partnership Principles.
National and international partners
CBM UK also works with many major UK and international partners to challenge injustice and make policy and practice more inclusive – you can read about some of them below.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. CBM UK has been awarded funding from the UK government to deliver several programmes, both independently and as part of consortia. These include projects to improve access to sight-saving eye health services; reduce violence against women and girls with disabilities; eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases; help people with disabilities access employment; and enable girls with disabilities to attend school.
FCDO External Disability Board: CBM UK is one of the four core members of this advisory board, recognised as experts to provide expertise, guidance and increase accountability on the implementation of the FCDO Disability Inclusion and Rights strategy.
CBM is a member of the Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP), which is an initiative of the Age and Disability Consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability inclusive humanitarian assistance, funded by The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Thanks to funding by the Scottish government, CBM UK is working in partnership with the National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda to support people with disabilities and their care-givers to earn a living and be financially independent, and in Zambia partnering with Beit Cure hospital and the University of Edinburgh Zambia-UK Health Workforce Alliance to prevent hearing loss and improve support available to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
CBM UK is a member of the Bond network that brings together over 400 organisations across the UK linked by international development. CBM co-Chairs the Disability and Development Group, and the Mental Health Group, as well as membership of other working groups within the network including “Supporting practice for locally led development working group”, Influencing donor policy and practice.
CBM UK is a member of the Alliance which brings together over 100 organisations based or represented in Scotland involved in international development. We are represented on their Policy Committee as well as working alongside other members of the community.
Thanks to funding from Comic Relief, CBM UK is working with Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) to strengthen mental health support for children and young people in Nigeria and reduce stigma, including developing a digital crisis intervention platform. The Department of Health and Social Care and Comic Relief support a mental health consortia with CBM, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to pilot anti-stigma approaches in 5 countries.
Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, CBM UK has delivered projects to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities living with HIV in Zimbabwe and to help people with disabilities to build secure livelihoods in Uganda.
For over a decade until the programme’s conclusion, we worked with Seeing is Believing, a collaboration of Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to prevent and treat avoidable blindness in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Read more about the achievements and learning from CBM’s inclusive eye health projects with Seeing is Believing.
CBM UK is part of the PENDA (Programme for Evidence to Inform Disability Action) consortium led by LSHTM’s International Centre for Evidence in Disability, which creates evidence to achieve long-term improved wellbeing and inclusion of people with disabilities in low and middle income countries, by developing knowledge, people and tools. We are also a part of the six-year SUCCEED Africa international research consortium, led by the LSHTM and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK government SUCCEED is working with people with lived experience of psychosis, through universities in Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, to understand their needs and to collaborate in designing solutions.
Mental Health Gap Action (World Health Organisation)
We work in partnership with the World Health Organisation on the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) which aims to scale up mental health services across low- and middle-income countries.
In partnership with the Vitol Foundation, CBM supports mental health programmes in the world’s poorest communities. The Vitol Foundation has been a partner of CBM since 2014 supporting healthcare projects around the world.
Our partnership with Fundació Nous Cims has improved mental health support for university students in Kenya and is helping reduce childhood malnutrition, particularly for children with disabilities.
As part of their Vision 2020 programme, L’Occitane Foundation supported CBM to open four vision centres in India, bringing vital eye health services to under-served communities.