Inclusive Development and Inclusive Society.


CBR Asia-Pacific Network was established and endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO) to promote Community-based Rehabilitation at the regional level and support the National CBR Network members in 36 countries (as of May 2013).

The aim of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network is to promote and strengthen CBR (Community-based Rehabilitation) across the region and globally; and to mobilize and support resources and information exchange. CBR Asia-Pacific Network promotes disability-inclusive development and works in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD); and the Millennium Development Goals, since CBR promotes poverty relief. The CBR Asia-Pacific Network also works within the framework of Incheon Strategy (2013-2022) of UNESCAP in pursuing the development of sub-regional strategies within the Asia-Pacific region, such as ASEAN, South Asia, Central Asia, the Pacific and Northeast Asia. 
Empowering communities and persons with disabilities are the key process to implement sustainable CBR. The main goal of CBR is “Community for All” with persons with disabilities as contributors and “Agents of Change” in their countries. We promote an inclusive, barrier-free and right-based society for all.


The first Asia-Pacific CBR Congress was held in February 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. There were 650 participants from 52 countries of the Asia-Pacific region and from other regions. The Congress provided an excellent platform for participants to network and to interact with people with similar interests from across the region, in separate meetings during the 3 days. It was agreed that CBR should continue to be promoted in the region through the formation of a CBR Asia-Pacific Network with Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) as the secretariat. Towards this end, Congress participants from each country met separately and selected a coordinator to represent their country in the CBR Asia-Pacific Network.

Ten months later, the first Regional Council Meeting of CBR Asia-Pacific Network was held in December 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Network members met at APCD in Bangkok to adopt a Constitution and select Executive Committee Members for the CBR Asia-Pacific Network, from among CBR implementers/practitioners, including persons with disabilities, and taking gender equity, organizational and regional diversity into consideration. The Constitution of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network was ratified and an action plan was adopted.


CBR related organizations / Groups in the United Nations member states and areas in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible for the membership of the CBR Asia-Pacific Network.

Regional Council

37 Country and Areas members (as of May 2013)

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Island, Federated State of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Viet Nam

 Flag 37 Country

Executive Committee
11 members elected by the Regional Council (Effective from November 2011)

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani
Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Network Pakistan

Pakistan Flag Pakistan  

Vice-Chairperson 1
Mr. Sunarman Sukamto
Community Based Rehabilitation Development and Training Center (CBR-DTC)
Indonesia Flag Indonesia
Vice-Chairperson 2
Dr. Batdulam Tumenbayar
Division of Development of People with Disabilities Mongolia

Mongolia Flag Mongolia

Secretary General
Mr. Akiie  Ninomiya
Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) Foundation

Thailand Flag Thailand

Mr. Mohammad Sadiq Mohibi
Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA)

Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan

EC Member – South and South West Asia 
Ms. Farida Yesmin
Liliane Fonds NL

Bangladesh Flag Indonesia

EC Member – East and North East Asia
Ms. Sayako Nogiwa
Japan NGO Network on Disabilities (JANNET)

Japan Flag Japan

EC Member - Pacific
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Nanda
National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS), Department of Health

Papua New Guinea Flag Papua New Guinea  

EC Member - South-East Asia
Ms. Vijita Rachatanantikul
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security

Thailand Flag Thailand

EC Member – Any Country of CBR AP Network
Mr. Edmund Shehadeh
Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation

Palestine Flag Palestine

EC Member – Co-Opted

Mr. Asadolo
Tajikistan Flag Tajikistan

CBRAP Network Secretariat
Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD Foundation)
APCD Bldg., 255 Rajvithi Rd., Rajthevi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Tel: 66-(0)-2354-7505-8
Fax: 66-(0)-2354-7507
Website: http://www.cbrasiapacific.net/
Email: cbrapnetwork@apcdfoundation.org ; jasper@apcdfoundation.org


CBR Guidelines

  • Provide guidance on how to develop and strengthen CBR programmes
  • Promote CBR as a strategy for community-based development involving persons with disabilities
  • Support stakeholders to meet the basic needs and enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families
  • Encourage the empowerment of persons with disabilities and their families

CBR Guidelines by Component

  • Introductory booklet
  • Health component
  • Education component
  • Livelihood component
  • Social component
  • Empowerment component
  • Supplementary booklet

CBR Matrix
The CBR Matrix gives an overall visual representation of CBR. It consists of five key components, each divided into five key elements. Each of these elements will have a dedicated chapter in the Guidelines.


Source: WHO, arranged by APCD