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Humanity & Inclusion UK supports HI's programmes worldwide, by raising funds, influencing policy, and providing technical support. We also manage the rehabilitation component of The UK Government's Emergency Medical Team, the front line of the UK’s response to a humanitarian crisis overseas.

 Rajab, 63, with Sally, an HI physiotherapist, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan.

Rajab, 63, with Sally, an HI physiotherapist, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan. | © Corentin Fohlen/HI

Our actions

Humanity & Inclusion 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.

Raising funds

Humanity & Inclusion UK raises money from the general public, schools, groups, corporates, trusts and institutional funders in the UK to support the organisation’s work worldwide. HI 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, HI 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 HI’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, HI 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

Humanity & Inclusion 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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Inclusive education

Humanity & Inclusion’s inclusive education projects around the world are supported by two Technical Advisors, with the principal advisor based in the UK. In 2016, HI supported 41 inclusive education projects in 30 countries.

Influencing disability policy

Humanity & Inclusion 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.

Knowledge management

HI 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.


Humanity & Inclusion 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.

Disability Confident Employer logoHumanity & Inclusion 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.

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Tune in to see HI's demining work in Laos featured on BBC1

The BBC recently visited Humanity & Inclusion’s team in Laos to film our incredible deminers! Tune in to watch Earth’s Natural Wonders on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday 7th March.

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Tune in to our BBC Radio 4 appeal on Sunday 24th December
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Tune in to our BBC Radio 4 appeal on Sunday 24th December

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24th December at 07.55am to hear the broadcaster and journalist Mike Wooldridge make the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Handicap International UK.


A global hub for international development, the UK has committed to spending 0.7% of its gross national income on aid.

The Department for International Development is focussed on ensuring that no vulnerable person is left behind, and aims to become a world leader on disability inclusion.

With a wealth of international NGOs, universities, think tanks, and networks such as Start and BOND, the country is known as a hub for good practices in the development sector, including innovation, monitoring & evaluation, resilience, humanitarian aid, and education.

In addition, the UK general public has a strong history of generous supporter for charities supporting people affected by poverty, natural disasters and conflict. There are also a large number of corporates and charitable trusts in the UK which support charities in a range of ways.

There are currently three major external factors with the potential to affect HI UK’s work, both in terms of risks and opportunities: the Brexit referendum and future impact on funding, reduced levels of public trust in charities, and tightening private fundraising regulation. HI UK is working to take these factors into account and to build strong links in the UK to support our cause.

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