Community Based Inclusive Development in the Philippines

by CBM Australia



Children and youth with disability included in community by developing family, community and government inclusion efforts.

Project implemented: 2015 - 2019

Project goal

Improved quality of life of children and youth with disability through accessing their rights on an equal basis with others.

delivering on

why is this project important?

This project contributes to strengthened human rights and transparent, accountable government institutions in our region.

Key steps to make it happen

1Government relationships

NORFIL develops relationships with local governments, signs MOUs and forms cross-departmental disability affairs committees.

2Organising parent groups

Parents are supported to form groups and a registered organisation to work with government for disability inclusion.

3Access to rehabilitation

Qualified staff develop skills and support parents and local volunteers to provide home based rehabilitation where needed.

4Access to education

NORFIL works with schools and the Department of Education to support strategies for inclusive education.

5Access to livelihoods

NORFIL works with mainstream training and economic development partners to include people with disability.

6A sustainable approach

NORFIL’s works with both duty bearers and rights holders to promote sustainability of what is achieved.

impact to date

municipal governments are addressing Goal 3

All municipal governments visited in a mid term review in 2017 had increased their budget allocation for disability.

Fathers and siblings of children with disability have increased participation in rehabilitation and household work has as a result of specific training.

An increased number of children with disability are attending school and day care, with growing awareness of disability and inclusive education from teachers and principals.

Young people with disability are accessing livelihood opportunities such as in the example of Gerald (pictured) who accessed training as an electronic technician. He is now self-employed and the highest income earner in his family.

In the Philippines, CBM’s local partner NORFIL is contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. NORFIL’s community based inclusive development project, funded through the Australia Government’s Australia NGO Cooperation Program, is focused on enabling the inclusion of children and youth with disability in all aspects of community life and development, including health, education and livelihood opportunities.

The project involves establishing relationships with provincial and municipal governments to ensure they are upholding their responsibilities to include people with disability in their services. They sign MOUs and develop cross-departmental committees for disability affairs.

At the same time, NORFIL establishes local groups of parents of children with disability, that form a parent’s organisation to work with local government. This helps ensure disability-specific services, and people with disabilities, are included in community development efforts.


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