Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion

Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion

July 11th, 2014

A new report commissioned by CBM in partnership with the International
Centre for Evidence in Disability shows for the first time the economic cost
of excluding people with disability not only to the individual, but also to
their family, carers and society at large.

Focused on low and middle-income countries, this groundbreaking report shows
the economic potential of people with disability, and how efforts to include
people with disability can be hugely beneficial not only to individuals but
to entire nations. Some of the findings show:

. In China, each additional year of school completed by people with
disability leads to a wage increase of between 5-8%; . In Bangladesh, the
exclusion of people with disabilities from employment is estimated to cost
the economy US$891 million every year; and . Employees with disability have
high attendance rates, better safety records and match productivity when
compared to employees without disability.

The report also explores the link between poverty and disability and how
each is a cause and effect of each other.

The information contained in the report provides a strong rationale on how
the work of CBM around the world can assist people with disability to break
The cycle of poverty and disability and have great economic benefits not
only to the individual but to their community and society as a whole.

You can read the full report at:

CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to
improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest
communities of the world.

CBM has Member Associations raising funds and awareness of disability issues
in ‘industrialized’ countries worldwide. In lower-income regions of the
world, CBM strives to build the capacity of partner organisations. This is
all done following proven core values and with more than 100 years of
experience in the field of disability.

CBM Vision Statement
An inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human
rights and achieve their full potential.

CBM Mission Statement
CBM is an international Christian development organization, committed to
improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest
countries of the world.

Building an inclusive society
CBM works in the most disadvantaged societies, irrespective of race, gender
or religion. CBM seeks to:
Reduce the prevalence of diseases which cause impairments.
Minimize the conditions which lead to disability.
Promote equal opportunities for economic empowerment, livelihood security,
and full inclusion in all aspects of society for persons with disabilities.

Editorial note: CBM is a Christian based organization which supports the
Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, (CRPD).