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The Hi Network


The HI network is an organisation made up of a Federation, eight national associations and the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action.


These ten entities work collaboratively to implement HI’s international aid and development mandate. The eight national associations were founded between 1982 and 2006 in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States; the Federation was created in 2009 and the Institute (founded 2015) is the most recent addition to the network.

The Federation is responsible for implementing the network’s social missions. It operates under the names “Humanity & Inclusion” or “Handicap International” depending on the country. The national associations are known as “Handicap International” in continental Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland) and “Humanity & Inclusion” in Canada, United Kingdom and United States. Each association has its own board of trustees.

Today, we work in around sixty countries in emergency, reconstruction, chronic crisis and development contexts. We stand with vulnerable populations, in particular people with disabilities, and our efforts are guided by HI’s mission and values.

Our current 10-year strategy, running until 2025, sets out an ambitious road-map towards more solidarity and inclusion in the world. Based on a forensic and comprehensive analysis of the context and the challenges facing HI, it sets out our strategic priorities for the next ten years. We warmly recommend you read it for yourself here.

For 35 years, we have striven to exemplify and bring to life HI’s 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”.

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