Handicap International was founded in 1982 by two French doctors whom with the provision of artificial limbs and rehabilitation gave a long-term perspective to people injured in the war in Cambodia.
Worldwide Project Work
Handicap International / Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is a non-profit organisation for emergency aid and development cooperation active in around 60 countries. We are committed to a world of solidarity and inclusion. We improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in the long term and support those who need special protection.
We also work for a world without mines and cluster bombs and for the protection of civilians in war. HI is a co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Handicap International e.V. is HI's German association.
Global fight against landmines
In many post-war regions it is necessary to prevent accidents through landmines and other explosive remains of wars through the enlightenment of the inhabitants and forming clearance teams. International political engagement for a ban of all mines and such mine-like munitions as cluster bombs is also a part of prevention.
In 1992 Handicap International, together with five other organisations, founded the International Campaign for a Ban on Landmines, which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Moreover, the organisation is a founder member of the International Campaign for the Ban of Cluster Bombs (Cluster Munitions Coalition). Handicap International maintains leading positions in both campaigns to this day.
Lobby work in Germany
Handicap International maintains offices in several European countries: in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Canada, the USA and Germany. Since 1998, the German section has worked with an office in Munich and volunteer activists in other places.
The focus is above all lobbying and raising public awareness of handicap in development cooperation and the campaigns against mines and cluster bombs.
New name and logo of the umbrella organisation
On 24 January 2018, Handicap International (HI) got a new face. For the first time in 35 years, the organisation is now operating with a logo that takes on a symbol. The aid organisation symbolically raises its hand in greeting – a warm, supportive and humane gesture that unites HI's fundamental values in one pictogram.
In addition, the name of the umbrella organisation was changed from Handicap International (HI) to Humanity & Inclusion (HI). In Germany, the association continues to operate under Handicap International e.V.
Horst Koehler, Patron and former Head of State of Germany; Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister & Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees
|Handicap International e.V.
|Handicap International e.V.
80337 Munich, Germany
|Number of employees (international)
|Focus of work
|Global support for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups; emergency aid and inclusion as well as human rights and political campaigning against mines, cluster bombs and other explosive weapons
|Area of work
|Dr. Inez Kipfer-Didavi