Humanity & Inclusion in Algeria acts as a mediator and facilitator between the public authorities and local civil society organizations, including Disabled People’s Organisations. We support capacity building and civil society advocacy, promoting new themes such as inclusive education, social inclusion, and inclusive local development.
Wheelchair basketball, Humanity & Inclusion Algeria | © A. Vincens de Tapol / Handicap International
Humanity & Inclusion works with children with disabilities in Algeria to improve the care they receive, both in specialist institutions, and within the mainstream school system. Since 2015, parents, the media, and education stakeholders have had their awareness raised regarding the universal right to education (all children have the right to attend school) and teachers have received training in inclusive teaching and learning techniques (methods to enable children with disabilities to follow lessons in mainstream schools).
The organisation supports Disabled People’s Organisations to ensure their voices are heard by the authorities and public powers.
Finally, the organisation works in southern Algeria with the Sahrawi refugees. Humanity & Inclusion improves access to rehabilitation care for people with disabilities and is improving the early screening of disabilities and impairments amongst children under the age of five years old.
In 2018, Humanity & Inclusion launched two projects aimed at improving rural livelihoods. This involves training and coaching small-scale farmers and artisans from vulnerable populations to enable them to join professional networks and improve the quality and profitability of sustainable production, as well as the economic sectors in which these activities operate.
Although the situation and perception of people with disabilities is changing in Algeria, their integration into society remains insufficient.
Legislation protecting people with disabilities is relatively advanced and the country ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. However, full implementation of these texts has yet to be achieved.
Algerian civil society, aware of these changes and the opportunities offered, is gradually organizing itself. Disabled People’s Organisations have gradually developed their capacity to structure, find funding for their actions and conduct advocacy to uphold the rights of people with disabilities. However, they require additional technical and organisational support.