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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

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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 (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 2018, 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.

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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 data 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 2018, HI supported 30 countries with 38 inclusive education projects. We also supported national level policy change, such as in Burkina Faso, and were actively involved in international events such as Global Partnership for Education replenishment conference in Senegal, the Pan African Conference on Education in Nairobi, and the Global Disability Summit In London.

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.

In July 2018, the UK co-hosted the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, along with International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Government of Kenya, attracting 1,200 delegates from around the world. HI was closely involved in this huge event - we participated in the planning, influenced the themes covered, spoke at ‘spotlight sessions’, hosted a Tech Desk at the 'market place', and contributed to global commitments on disability inclusion which are now being monitored.

Following on from the Summit, HI was closely engaged in the development of the UK's Disability Inclusion Strategy and Delivery Plan, which was launched at an event to celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3rd December 2018.

Knowledge management

HI prides itself on its work to develop organisational learning, and to spread good practice and innovation. Jointly with our colleagues in HI 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 campaigns with local clubs, community groups, schools, and individuals 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.

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

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 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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