Handicap International Federation
HI was founded in 1982 as a result of a feeling of outrage about the injustice faced by victims of conflict. Discover more about the mission and vision that guide our operations today in over sixty countries.
Officially founded in August 2015, on the decision of the Federal General Assembly taken in June 2014, the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action is the tangible fruition of an idea that germinated several years before, the principle behind which was included in HI’s 2011-2015 strategy.
The idea is consubstantial with a staff-driven organization in which the executive division plays a predominant role and the federal board of trustees, although it plays a major strategic and budgetary role, is removed from day-to-day operations and subject to the sporadic nature of its members’ involvement.
Based on this state of affairs, it became clear that the Federal BoT required an impartial instrument, independent of the executive division, which could work to develop ownership of shared values within the organization and ensure these are respected across the entire federal network.
In addition to this primary objective, there was also a need to equip the overall organization with a forum in which the members of the federation can express and think through our institutional coherency, beyond our differences in terms of our organizational culture.
It, therefore, appeared logical to combine these responsibilities with a remit for producing strategic intelligence on changes in our intervention contexts and nourishing our ethical thinking and political positioning, acting as a vector for discernment and action to implement our social mission.