Handicap International UK supports the organisation's programmes worldwide, by raising funds and providing technical support.
We also run major projects, including managing the rehabilitation component of the UK Government's Emergency Medical Team and co-ordinating a project to improve the collection and use of data on disability in humanitarian contexts. In addition, we actively campaign for the protection of civilians in conflict zones, and the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid and development projects.
More details about our UK activities are available below.
Handicap International UK raises money from the general public, schools, groups, corporates, trusts and institutional funders in the UK to support the organisation’s work worldwide. Handicap International UK is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and aims to adhere to best practice in fundraising. We are also a member of the Remember a Charity consortium which aims to increase the awareness and uptake of giving through legacies.
Supporting field programmes
In 2016, with the generous support of the UK public and institutional donors, Handicap International UK supported 22 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Nepal, Niger, North Korea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, and Syria. We also supported our West Africa regional programme, and six global programmes.
The projects supported cover a wide range of Handicap International’s work, including emergency relief, demining, rehabilitation and inclusive education.
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The UK Emergency Medical Team
The UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) is the front line of the UK Government’s response to a humanitarian crisis overseas, such as an earthquake or tsunami. Since 2013, Handicap International has been working to integrate rehabilitation into the UKEMT. This means that now, as well as surgery and emergency healthcare, patient care includes early rehabilitation to reduce the long-term disabling consequences of traumatic injuries.
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Disability statistics in humanitarian action
Handicap International is working to improve the availability of quality data on persons with disabilities and increase its use by humanitarian organisations, through a project funded by UK aid.
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Handicap International’s inclusive education projects around the world are supported by two Technical Advisors, with the principal advisor based in the UK. In 2016, Handicap International supported 41 inclusive education projects in 30 countries.
Influencing disability policy
Handicap International UK advocates for the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in humanitarian aid and development contexts. Our work is focussed on enabling the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to become world leaders on disability inclusion. At the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, we worked closely with the UK government, enabling them to endorse the Humanitarian Disability Charter and commit to supporting the disaggregation of data on people with disabilities.
Handicap International prides itself on its work to develop organisational learning, and to spread good practice and innovation. Jointly with our colleagues in France, we manage Source, an international online resource centre on disability and inclusion, which provides free access to key resources, tools, manuals and policy papers across development and humanitarian contexts.
Handicap International UK works with local clubs, community groups, schools, and individuals across the UK to raise awareness about the devastating effects of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive weapons on civilians. We continue to build support for our Stop Bombing Civilians petition, calling on the UK and all states to commit to ending the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
Handicap International UK is positive about employing disabled people and is proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer. Find out more about working with us.