Significant advances have been made by the countries in which IDDC members work to bring disability law in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in taking up the challenge of Agenda 2030 to leave no one behind.  Disability inclusive community development (CBID) provides a much-needed bottom-up approach for realising these obligations and aims. 

The success of the ambitious SDG agenda and the deliberations on the Post 2030 Agenda depend not only on the commitment of local and national governments. It also requires the initiative and coordinated action at the community level by people themselves. Only if local communities are mobilised and empowered will goals and targets of the SDG be achieved. 

The COVID 19 Pandemic exposed significant weaknesses in the capacity of countries to provide effective support to children, working age adults and older persons with disabilities to live and participate equally in their communities, with safety, choice, dignity, and autonomy. Without investment in and expansion of disability inclusive community-based approaches these weaknesses will continue to cost lives, marginalize people, and place undue burden on people with disabilities and their families, particularly female family members

Key achievements:

  • IDDC contributed and co-published official documents about CBID such as the CBR Guidelines (WHO, IDDC,2010), The CBR Indicator Manual (WHO, IDDC 2015), and the INCLUDE online training resource on the CBR approach.
  • IDDC published “CBR and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (2012), “CBR Guidelines as a Tool for Community Based Inclusive Development (2012) and a briefing paper on Community Based Inclusive Development (2018)
  • IDDC supports the CBR regional networks and especially the CBR Global Network (CGN) with two board positions filled by IDDC members. 
  • IDDC supports and participates in learning and sharing platforms mainly through the CBR congresses. In 2021, IDDC supported the CBR Global Network and the regional CBR/CBID Networks in planning, implementing and documenting online regional dialogues which brought practitioners, the disability movement, and government representatives together to discuss and reflect on themes central to the approach from country and regional perspectives.
  • In 2019 and 2022 the CBID Task Group co-organised side events at the COSP highlighting the approach and its importance in realizing the CRPD at community level. The 2022 event focused particularly on a disability perspective in the care agenda and the significant gaps to achieving Article 19 due to a lack of attention to and investment in inclusive community supports.
  • In 2021 IDDC contributed to the inclusion of a menu of commitments for inclusive community supports at the Global Disability Summit.
  • In 2022 IDDC joined OHCHR, UNICEF and IDA in forming the Global Partnership for Community Inclusion.

Upcoming Priorities:

  • Contribute to the evidence base and awareness of CBID as an approach to realizing the CRPD and achieving the SDGs.
  • Highlight promising practices that contribute to achieving community supports which are gender transformative and disability inclusive.
  • Ensure stronger collaboration between members of the Task Group and with other Task Groups. 
  • Participate in and contribute to the strengthening of partnerships and networks which further our collective aims.