HI works to develop an inclusive, sustainable and fair society which improves the quality of life of vulnerable people, including people with disabilities.
Inclusive education, Senegal - Humanity & Inclusion | © J-J. Bernard / HI
Actions in process
Today HI implements training and the vocational and economic inclusion of vulnerable people and people with disabilities to advance equal opportunities. The organisation also works to protect and promote the welfare of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on violence against women and girls with disabilities.
HI implements several inclusive education and economic inclusion projects to expand basic education opportunities and the development of skills and to promote the success of young people with disabilities throughout the learning process.
HI advances the right to sexual and reproductive health and the availability of related services, with an emphasis on women and teenage girls. The organisation also implements physical and functional rehabilitation projects and initiatives to improve diabetes care.
HI works mainly in areas where needs are greatest. The two principal areas of action are the two regions of Dakar and the three regions of Casamance.
Situation of the country
Senegal is a major economic power in West Africa, but a substantial percentage of the country's population lives in a situation of extreme poverty. People with disabilities are often discriminated against and are highly vulnerable.
The country is extremely stable politically and economically dynamic, although the Covid epidemic hit growth in 2020. Despite this stability, the crisis in Casamance, which has lasted more than thirty years, has caused a large number of mine-related accidents. The conflict has led to population displacement and limited access to farmland in this region, which is known as the “bread basket of Senegal”.
The legislative framework on disability in Senegal has changed for the better since 2010, when the country ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, people with disabilities face barriers on a daily basis when trying to access health, education and employment services. Victims of discrimination, they continue to fight to have their fundamental rights upheld. The school enrolment of children with disabilities is one of the country’s major educational development challenges.
Number of HI staff members: 69
Date the programme opened: 1995