In Benin, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Benin
Our team began working in Benin in 1999 to help train technicians in building orthopedic braces and artificial limbs at a hospital in Cotonou. In 2003, the program closed due to lack of funding, only deploying short-term projects. In 2010, at the request of the Ministry of the Family and National Solidarity, the organization reopened operations with a focus on projects that improve road safety and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Benin has benefited from a stable democracy since 1990, but the economic situation is still precarious: almost half of the population lives in extreme poverty. It is very difficult for people with disabilities to access healthcare that is adapted to their needs. They are also rarely taken into account in development initiatives.
Areas of Intervention
- Inclusive governance
- Explosive ordnance risk education
- Safe and inclusive mobility
- Supply chain, access & capacity-building of humanitarian actors
Humanity & Inclusion's 22-member team works in Benin to improve people with disabilities’ quality of life and to promote their full participation in the country's economic and social life. The organization works in conjunction with. local authorities, businesses and training centers to increase the involvement of people with disabilities in political matters. Teams also work with authorities and schools to ensure that children have access to education, and that teachers have the knowledge and skills required to provide quality instruction and support for all students, including those with disabilities.
The organization also works to improve road safety by implementing a national action plan.
Finally, Humanity & Inclusion works with a demining training center in Benin to develop training modules that improve the security of weapons stockpiles and conventional weapons, and to limit the risk of accidental explosions which harm hundreds of people across the world every year.
Our Past Work
From 2003 to 2010, Humanity & inclusion deployed short missions to reduce the effects of Buruli ulcer, a tropical disease caused by bacterial infection. This work was also active in Togo and Ghana.
In 2010, the Humanity & Inclusion office in Cotonou was reopened. Staff implemented a project to reduce the effects of lymphatic filariasis, which can cause permanent disability, in addition to road safety and inclusion projects.
From 2013 to 2017, Humanity & Inclusion led projects on inclusive education and inclusive local development, developing minimum accessibility standards for municipalities and the relaunch of the inclusive building code development process. Humanity & inclusion is now considered an authority on accessibility in the region. In 2018, our teams launched socio-economic inclusion, road safety and inclusive education projects. These were followed respectively in 2019 and 2020 by a humanitarian mine action (HMA) project and an inclusion project to improve the political and socio-economic situation of people with disabilities.
Our teams worked on a project overseeing the management and security of weapons and munitions.