Welcome to Influence&Ethics!

This blog has been created to provide regularly updated content on Handicap International’s advocacy work and in-depth analyses developed by our Foundation.

The aim is to alert on key events or issues, disseminate analyses, ethical insights or policy recommendations and engage in critical thinking. It is updated by Handicap International’s Advocacy Team and Handicap International Foundation, with input from programs’ and missions’ staff, as well as experts from our networks.

You will find on this blog:

  • Publications and advocacy tools on the three themes of Handicap International’s advocacy work: reduction of armed violence, inclusive development, humanitarian response,
  • Comments and follow-up articles on key events on the international agenda,
  • Reactions to upcoming news related to our fields of intervention,
  • In-depth analyses with an ethical, political or legal perspective,
  • Insights on key issues related to our field of work by external contributors or members of Handicap International’s Federation,
  • Information about events and projects planned by the federal advocacy team or the foundation.

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About Handicap international

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. It works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

The Handicap International network is made up of a Federation, created in 2009, and eight national associations: the French association – which founded the network in 1982 and has since been officially recognised as a public utility organisation – and the associations that have formed subsequently in Belgium (1986), Switzerland (1996), Luxembourg (1997), Germany (1998), the United Kingdom (1999), Canada (2003) and the United States (2006).Handicap International Foundation was created in 2014 to develop synergies with the research community.

The Handicap International Federation is entrusted by its members with implementing development and humanitarian aid programs on behalf of the entire Handicap International federal network.

Handicap International was co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 1999, the organisation obtained special consultative status with the United Nations. In 2008, the Nansen prize was awarded to the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre for South Lebanon in recognition of the work carried out by its deminers. These deminers included three Handicap International teams. In 2011, our organisation received the Conrad H. Hilton humanitarian prize for our actions in support of people with disabilities coping with situations of poverty, exclusion, conflict and natural disaster.