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 Emergency Medical Team, the UK’s front line response to a humanitarian crisis overseas, such as an earthquake or tsunami.
Rajab, 63, with Sally, an HI physiotherapist, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan. | © Corentin Fohlen/HI
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.
Humanity & Inclusion UK (HI UK) raises money from the general public, schools, groups, corporates, trusts and institutional funders in the UK to support the organisation’s work worldwide. There are plenty of ways to support our work, including making a donation, taking part in a fundraising event, or leaving a gift in your will.
HI UK is registered with the Fundraising Regulator, which sets and maintains the standards for charitable fundraising, aiming to ensure that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public. It is also a member of the Institute of Fundraising and aims to adhere to best practice in fundraising.
Supporting field programmes
In 2019, with the generous support of the UK public and institutional donors, HI UK supported 23 countries, as well as three regional programmes and eight global programmes. The projects supported cover a wide range of HI’s work, including emergency relief, demining, rehabilitation, and inclusive education.
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. We have continued to train up specialised rehabilitation responders as part of the UKEMT, including four new dedicated rehabilitation teams and four new spinal cord injury teams in 2019.
In association with the UK EMT project, we have been coordinating the development of the “Early Rehabilitation in Conflict and Disasters” field handbook. This handbook and accompanying eLearning (including clinical videos made in Haiti, Gaza and Bangladesh) will be a globally relevant resource for rehabilitation professionals in preparing for and responding to humanitarian emergencies. The handbook launched on 31st January 2020, with the eLearning available from April 2020. This project has been funded by the AO Foundation.
Disability data in humanitarian action
From July 2016 to June 2019, HIUK ran a project to improve data collection on people with disabilities in humanitarian crises, as a step towards ensuring disabled people are not left behind in a crisis response and that the response is adapted to their needs. Our action-research helped the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO) further their strategic objective of improving the collection of data on disability. Our learning toolkit is now being used by humanitarian stakeholders around the world, such as UNHCR and Save the Children.
Source is HI's international online resource centre on Disability and Inclusion featuring resources that reflect the experiences and priorities in developing countries. Source gives access to a multitude of resources that can be filtered by different thematic areas (e.g. education, livelihoods and health), allowing practioners and researchers to find and share resources to match the situation and their needs.
From 2019-21, as a partner in the UK aid-funded Inclusive Futures programme, HI will use Source to disseminate innovative approaches that have been developed to improve the long-term economic empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.
Humanity & Inclusion’s inclusive education projects around the world are supported by two Global Specialists and an Inclusive Education policy advisor, with the Team leader based in the UK.
In 2020, HI supported 27 countries with 52 inclusive education projects. This includes regional actions covering nine countries in West Africa and Madagascar. We also supported national level policy change, such as in Senegal and Sierra Leone, and were actively involved in international events such as the launch of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report which was on inclusion in education for the first time.
We were also involved in global webinars on the education of children with disabilities during COVID-19, and co-authored global documents on this topic such as the World Bank’s issues paper on inclusive education during COVID-19. We also launched a report on breaking the silos in inclusive education at an international seminar, to promote the idea of the multisector approach to education.
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's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to become world leaders on disability inclusion.
Humanity & Inclusion UK campaigns with individuals supporters, plus clubs, community groups, and schools across the UK to raise awareness about the devastating effects on civilians of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive weapons. We continue to build support for our global Stop Bombing Civilians petition, calling on the UK and all states to commit to ending the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
Humanity & 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.
A global hub for international development, the UK has a strong history of support for overseas aid directed to the most vulnerable communities.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 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 effect of Brexit and Covid-19 and the future impact on UK aid 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.
Image © C. Fohlen/Hl.
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