Our mission: take action and bear witness alongside vulnerable populations
HI works in around sixty countries in emergency, reconstruction, chronic crisis and development contexts. Since 1982, the organisation has been working alongside vulnerable populations, in particular people with disabilities. Our combat is guided by HI’s vision, mission, and values.
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Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.
Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. The organisation works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Embody our values in everyday life
Our work is based on the value of humanity. We include everyone without exception and champion each individual’s right to dignity. Respect, kindness and humility guide our work.
We advocate inclusion and participation for everyone, upholding diversity, fairness and individual choices. We value difference.
We are resolute and bold in our commitment to developing tailored, pragmatic and innovative solutions. We take action and rally those around us to fight injustice.
We work in an independent, professional, selfless and transparent manner.
Our scope of action
HI’s scope of action is defined by the institutional, professional, and operational space in which our work is both needed and possible.
Our international aid and development work targets the following population categories in the different countries where we work:
• Vulnerable populations
• People with disabilities
• People living with disabling diseases
• Populations of refugees, displaced persons and people requiring humanitarian assistance
• People with disabling injuries / trauma
• People exposed to the threat of weapons, munitions and explosive devices
The context describes both the situation which justifies our intervention, the environment, and the conditions and issues faced. We work in all of the following contexts:
• Emergency response
• Reconstruction or rehabilitation
• Chronic crisis
Areas of expertise and activity
HI’s professional and organisational expertise is mobilised in thirteen different sectors of activity:
• Economic inclusion
• Social inclusion
• Local development
• Disaster preparedness and risk reduction
• Demining and accident prevention
• Camp coordination and management
• Basic needs
HI also mobilises its advocacy expertise, in order to influence and improve public policy:
• Campaigns mobilising public opinion
• Testimony, whistleblowing and condemnation of violations
• Development and international aid and development education
• Direct approaches to decision-making bodies (lobbying)
• Participation in institutional representative bodies
• Promote and improve regulatory and legal frameworks, as well as relevant legal instruments to further human rights, international humanitarian law, and disarmament