HI 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.
Using a hand cycle, HI Benin | © J. Cerda / HI
Actions in process
HI works to achieve an employment market and an economy more inclusive of people with disabilities in Benin through awareness-raising. The organisation works in conjunction with the authorities, businesses and training centres to increase the involvement of people with disabilities in political debate.
HI works with the authorities and schools to ensure that children have access to education. The association works to improve educational policies and strategies and to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and skills required to provide quality teaching and support for all pupils.
The organisation also works in the field of road safety to improve conditions for road users and implement a national action plan.
Finally, HI works with a demining training centre in Benin (the CPADD - the Centre for advanced training in post-conflict demining and decontamination operations).The training modules are developed conjointly to 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.
Situation of the country
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. A large majority of the working population depends on the informal economy and farming.
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.
Number of HI staff members: 22
Date the programme opened: 1999