CANBERRA — The announcement from CBM Australia of a new agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support disability inclusion across the Australian aid program until 2020, following a decade of support to DFAT, makes them an important resource for NGOs and donors to learn about how they can improve disability support within their own programs.
A three-year partnership agreement will see CBM and their long-term partner, the Nossal Institute of Global Health, support disability inclusion across the Australian aid program. For aid programs looking to improve their strategies to promote disability inclusion, CBM's director of inclusive development has some tips.
Devex spoke with CBM’s director of the inclusive development department, Raine Dixon, for her tips and advice on ensuring disability be an important consideration in the design of all development and humanitarian programs. Here they are.
1. Disability inclusion needs to be more than tokenistic
A common mistake, Dixon explained, is that in researching, designing, and developing development programs, disability is not always a consideration. Her key tip for development professionals is: Think disability.