Handicap International primarily focuses on the prevention of
disabilities and providing support for people with disabilities by
ensuring they can fully take part in social life. The organisation’s
interventions are not restricted to long-term development activities.
Handicap International also provides support in emergency situations,
for instance, in the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian
crises. Its actions always focus on those suffering from disabilities.
The organisation works as far as possible with the human and material
resources available in the country. Its projects are implemented in
cooperation with local partners, the objective being to ensure their
autonomy in the long-term. All of its actions concentrate on training,
raising awareness and the involvement of local communities in its
The Belgian section of Handicap International
Handicap International has eight sections, including the Belgian
section. The organisation has since launched development programmes in
almost 60 countries. It has also intervened in numerous recovery
operations in emergency situations. The Belgian section of Handicap
International was founded in 1986, and today manages projects in 11
countries. In Belgium itself, Handicap International raises awareness
among the public and the authorities about the issue of people with
disabilities in developing countries, and also carries out a campaign
against anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions.
As co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the
organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. This award was in
recognition of its work on behalf of the victims of anti-personnel
Winner of 3 major international awards
The 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize was awarded to
Handicap International in recognition of almost 30 years of humanitarian
action. The largest humanitarian award in the world at $1.5 million,
the prize is presented annually by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to a
humanitarian organisation doing extraordinary work to alleviate human
Handicap International was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which led to the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty.
Handicap International also received the 1996 Nansen Refugee Award for our work with refugees and victims of landmines. Instituted in
1954, the Nansen Refugee Award is given annually to an individual or an
organization in recognition of extraordinary and dedicated service to
refugees and is the most prestigious honour conferred by UNHCR.