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Handicap International UK supports the organisation'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.

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Handicap International UK supports the organisation'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.
Handicap International UK supports the organisation'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, a Handicap International physiotherapist, in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan

Our actions

Handicap International 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

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

Handicap International 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

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

Influencing disability policy

Handicap International 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

Handicap International 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.

Awareness-raising

Handicap International 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 logoHandicap International 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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Background

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 Handicap International 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. Handicap International 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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WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • UK Donors and Partners (2016)

    • Ajahma Charitable Trust
    • Alison Baskerville
    • Asfari Foundation
    • Association of Physiotherapists in International Health and Development (ADAPT)
    • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN)  
    • Belgrave Street Ltd.
    • Bernard Oppetit
    • Big Lottery Fund
    • The Blue Surf Trust
    • Brighton and Hove News
    • British Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Amputee Rehabilitation (BACPAR)
    • British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)
    • The Chillag Family Charitable Trust
    • Comic Relief
    • The David and Claudia Harding Foundation
    • Department for International Development (DFID)
    • The Ernest Ingham Charitable Trust
    • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
    • Ghilaine Chan
    • Giles Duley
    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • GOAL
    • Google AdWords
    • HelpAge International
    • Indigo Trust
    • Interactifs UK
    • Interburns  
    • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
    • International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
    • International Spinal Cord Injury Society (ISCoS)
    • Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre (at UCL)
    • Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
    • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
    • Nursing Times
    • Options Development Agency
    • Patterson Medical
    • The Peter and Teresa Harris Charitable Trust
    • Philip King Charitable Trust
    • Physiopedia
    • Pink News
    • Plan International
    • Plan UK
    • Save the Children
    • Soroptimist International UK Programme Action Committee
    • Spinal Cord Injury Therapy Leads (SCITL)
    • Start Fund
    • St Georges University of London
    • The Tula Trust
    • Trek & Mountain
    • UK Fire and Rescue Service
    • UK-Med
    • The Washington Group on Disability Statistics
    • The Whitehall and Industry Group (Civil Service Fast Stream Programme)
    • World Confederation for Physical Therapy
    • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
    • World Health Organisation
    • Xelsion
    • The Yorkshire Post

    UK Organisational Memberships and Networks (2016)

    • Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALFIE)
    • Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)
    • Bond  
    • Cluster Munition Coalition
    • Enabling Education Network (EENET)
    • La Fédération des Associations Françaises en Grande Bretagne (FAFGB)  
    • French Chamber of Great Britain
    • Fundraising Standards Board  
    • Global Campaign for Education UK
    • International Broadcasting Trust  
    • Institute of Fundraising
    • International Network on Explosive Weapons  
    • International Campaign to Ban Landmines  
    • National Council for Voluntary Organisations  
    • Remember a Charity
    • Start Network
    • Think Global

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