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Our new brand

Find out more about our name change to Humanity & Inclusion.

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Humanity & Inclusion—a new global brand

On January 24, 2018, the global Handicap International network became Humanity & Inclusion.


"Our new name expresses one of our organization's core values, humanity, and the ambition that has driven our work for the last 35 years, the inclusion of people overlooked or ignored by humanitarian response and development programs, and communities around the world."


The Humanity & Inclusion (HI) network is composed of a Federation that implements our programs in the field in 60 countries, and of eight national associations including the U.S. Depending on the country, these programs and national associations are known as "Humanity & Inclusion" or "Handicap International."

A note from the U.S. Executive Director

We began to review our name in 2015, with help from supporters, partners, disability rights leaders, and thousands of Americans. The results showed that “Handicap International” was failing to express both our values and our broad scope of work. What’s more, a good percentage of English speakers told us the word “handicap” was old-fashioned at best and derogatory at worst. A smaller percentage was confused: did we work on golfing or horse racing?

We launched a global working group and enlisted the help of Canadian agency Cossette, who impressed us with immense creativity and the ability to take a deep dive into what sets HI apart from other international, non-governmental organizations. The result, I am proud to share with you on behalf of the U.S. Board of Directors and staff, is “Humanity & Inclusion.”

These words ring true through all of our projects as an expression of our shared value for humanity, with the respect, kindness, and humility that guide our work. We value difference, and the name upholds our core principles of diversity, fairness, and the right to live independently. Inclusion is a governing principle, and we’re known as experts in the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Cossette also sketched and perfected the “hand": our new, graphic symbol. The early responses are incredibly promising. Program participants in Iraq and Laos, in particular, were excited when they saw it, and it made them smile. They told us everyone understands what a hand represents, especially as a greeting or sign of support. Our blue logo is also darker, yielding our strongest-ever visual accessibility rating.

I am confident that Humanity & Inclusion will serve our unique organization well, as a banner for progress, integrity, innovation, and impact. We’ll reach more people worldwide by encouraging those who live in peaceful communities to stand in solidarity with those who do not. I welcome your thoughts on this new way forward. Please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected].

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Our mission
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Our mission

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and individuals experiencing extreme hardship, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Our history
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Our history

Find out more about HI's history.

Worldwide impact
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Worldwide impact

Humanity & Inclusion's global impact by the numbers.


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