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CBM is an International Non-Governmental Organisation working to transform the lives of people with disabilities, their families and communities in the world’s poorest places.

With over a century’s experience of working with people with disabilities and more than 450 programmes across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, CBM is a world-leader in disability inclusion, working to end the cycle of poverty and disability through three vehicles of change: practical programmes, advocacy and technical advisory.

CBM reaches over 20 million people each year through the following work areas:

  1. International development programmes, where our focus areas are disability inclusion, health, including mental health and inclusive eye care.
  2. Humanitarian action, including inclusive disaster risk reduction and management.
  3. Advocacy – achieving systemic change for persons with disabilities in areas including climate change.
  4. Technical Advisory – in partnership with the disability movement, we help to create change in organisations and institutions to make inclusion a reality through technical assistance, change facilitation, capacity strengthening and sharing evidence of what works.
Ezekiel Rukuruva, 62, prepares a rainwater channel near his home in a food-insecure area of Chiredzi, Zimbabwe. Ezekiel has received multiple benefits from CBM-partner Jairos Jiri Association, including a new wheelchair, two goats, chickens and access to community gardens. Photo by Daniel Hayduk (©CBM/Hayduk)

The impacts of climate change disproportionately impact the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. The people most acutely affected by climate change are those who experience multiple forms of marginalisation.

Factors such as disability, poverty, gender, age, race, and geography all contribute to the severity and intensity of the impacts felt from climate change (IPCC, 2014).

“We believe persons with disabilities should be viewed as proactive stakeholders and agents in response to the climate emergency.”


The human rights of persons with disabilities in particular are infringed upon by the climate crisis. For example, they are four times more likely to die in a natural disaster than persons without disabilities, are likely to live in disaster-prone areas, and are more vulnerable to gender-based violence and abuse particularly during humanitarian crises.

Due to these reasons, and unfortunately many more, persons with disabilities, particularly those living in Low Middle Income Countries, are amongst the most impacted by climate change.

CBM is driven, alongside our Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) partners, to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in action against climate change at local, national, regional and international levels.

In accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we believe persons with disabilities should be viewed as proactive stakeholders and agents in response to the climate emergency.

Their inclusion is not only important, but must be integral in ensuring we leave no one behind.

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Woodcraft Folk

Woodcraft Folk offers a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of more than 60 civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change.

The Froglife Trust

Froglife is a national nature conservation organisation with a specific focus on the conservation of the UK’s native reptile and amphibian species and their habitats.

Alyth Development Trust

Alyth Development Trust is a social enterprise working to deliver an ambitious and wide-ranging set of improvements with and for the community of Alyth, in Perthshire, Scotland.

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