Our Mission

Handicap International is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.


Khazala received a wheelchair following an earthquake in Pakistan.
Khazala received a wheelchair following an earthquake in Pakistan.
Khazala received a wheelchair following an earthquake in Pakistan.

Our vision

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.

Millions of people supported

Since Handicap International was founded in 1982, our work has benefitted several million people in more than 60 countries worldwide. Find out more about our worldwide impact and the countries we work in.

Nobel Peace Prize and other major awards

Handicap International was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which led to the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty. We continue the fight against landmines and other explosive weapons which indiscriminately kill and injure civilians.

Handicap International was also awarded the 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize in recognition of almost 30 years of humanitarian action. The largest humanitarian award in the world at $1.5 million, the prize is presented annually by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to a humanitarian organisation doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.

Handicap International also received the 1996 Nansen Refugee Award for our work with refugees and victims of landmines. Instituted in 1954, the Nansen Refugee Award is given annually to an individual or an organization in recognition of extraordinary and dedicated service to refugees and is the most prestigious honour conferred by UNHCR.

Our International Federation

Handicap International is a federation of eight national associations: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UK and USA. Together, we mobilise resources and manage projects around the world to support disabled and vulnerable people.

Federation Annual Report

For more information about our global activities please download our Federation Annual Report:
► Handicap International Federation 2015 Annual Report (PDF, 2.65 Mb).

International Strategy

Our ten-year international strategy 'For More Solidarity and Inclusion in the World' is available to download here:
► Handicap International Federation Strategy 2016 - 2025 (PDF, 1.75Mb)