Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID)

RED AID’s approach to localize the Sustainable Development Goals and enable Disability Inclusive Community Development.  


CBID is a way of working that ensures people with disabilities are respected and included in their communities on an equal basis in all areas of life. It is people centred, community driven and human rights based. CBID is an essential contribution to RED AID’s vision and a key approach to realise the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and leave no one behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

What is Community Based Inclusive Development?

CBID is an approach that brings change in the lives of people with disabilities at community level, working with and through local groups and institutions. CBID addresses challenges experienced by people with disabilities, their families and communities in practical ways. For example, it offers opportunities to join community based self-help groups and livelihoods activities

CBID programmes can include health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment activities, working closely with local partners, local governments and the disability movement to bring about change. CBID particularly promotes the participation and voice of people with disabilities in decision-making processes at the local level. In high risk areas, CBID programmes include activities that address community preparedness and resilience for when natural and human-caused disasters strike. CBID enhances and strengthens earlier work described as Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and encourages more inclusive, responsive and accountable communities. 

Our CBID work is guided by the principles of the CRPD. It recognises that building strong communities requires a focus on equal access to good quality services and on civic participation aimed at supporting and working with people with disabilities, their families and organisations, to fully participate in the social, economic and political life of their communities. Thus, CBID is an essential contribution to RED AID’s  Vision of an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. 

Project Saksham

Most noteworthy of these projects is Project Saksham which aims at reaching out to a population of 1 million with an estimated beneficiary base of 20000 people with any type of disabilities, and their family members with children, women, poor, marginalized and socially deprived receiving special attention.

Currently the Community Based Inclusive Development Project titled “Empowering People with Disabilities for Social Inclusion” in six locations (Pattuvam, Kerala, Chennai-Tamil Nadu, Kurnool – Andhra Pradesh, Nivali-Madhya Pradesh, Simapuri – Delhi & Motihari-Bihar).  The objective of the project is to empower the people with disabilities in these locations by enhancing their social participation through formation of inclusive SHGs, DPOs, skill building, access to government social schemes and micro-entrepreneurships. Project also focuses in sensitizing the communities on WASH practices, life-skill development sessions and capacity building for PRI leaders on the rights of People with Disabilities.