CBM-Nossal Institute Partnership for Disability Inclusive Development
The CBM-Nossal Institute Partnership for Disability Inclusive Development formed in 2008 when the Nossal Institute for Global Health and CBM Australia recognised the potential of bringing together the strengths, resources and networks of each organisation to build the evidence base and practice of disability inclusive development.
Since that time, the Partnership has focused on capacity development, technical assistance and operational research. Through the Partnership, the Nossal Institute contributes to the design, implementation and management of disability inclusive research across a range of areas including health systems strengthening, education, disaster risk reduction and management, sexual and reproductive health of people with disabilities and disability data. It aims to build the capacity, policies and systems of both disability and development stakeholders to facilitate disability inclusive development practice and research working alongside disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), donors, partner governments, NGOs, development contractors, research institutions, consultants and academic institutions.
In 2018, the primary focus for the Partnership is to support the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Aid program to achieve disability-inclusive development outcomes. This includes: building capacity to support international DFAT staff and implementing partners throughout Asia and the Pacific; the development of Disability Inclusive Development (DID) resources; the provision of technical assistance through DFAT’s DID4All website and help desk and continuing to broaden the DID evidence base.
The following snapshot provides examples of the diverse range of activities the Partnership have collaborated on since its inception:
- An Australia Awards Fellowship to strengthen disability inclusion in Vanuatu’s disaster response and recovery policy.
- Research into the situation of children with disabilities in Cambodia supporting UNICEF Cambodia and the Royal Government of Cambodia to development appropriate policy and programming for children with disabilities.
- Development of a set of contextually specific indicators, and guidelines for implementation, to assist Pacific Island countries to plan and measure their efforts to provide quality education for children with disabilities.
- Provision of technical assistance to support World Vision Australia to implement its DFAT funded Civil Society WASH Fund projects in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and PNG.