COMING UP – Lever de rideau sur la Fondation Handicap International | February 16, 2016

On April 7th, 2016, honoured guests are kindly invited by Handicap International Foundation to spend the evening in the newly inaugurated Opéra des Nations, place des Nations, in Geneva. Why? To present the Foundation, its mandate,  activities and aspirations, but also to reflect on the action of humanitarian actors, from an ethical point of view. […]

On April 7th, 2016, honoured guests are kindly invited by Handicap International Foundation to spend the evening in the newly inaugurated Opéra des Nations, place des Nations, in Geneva. Why? To present the Foundation, its mandate,  activities and aspirations, but also to reflect on the action of humanitarian actors, from an ethical point of view.

 


 

Nirmala, 8 ans, et Khembro, 7 ans, ont été blessées par le séisme et ont dû être amputées. Depuis quelques mois, elles suivent des séances de réadaptation intensives avec Handicap International. Nirmala a aidé Khembro à reprendre confiance et à retrouver son sourire. Elles se soutiennent mutuellement et viennent de recevoir une prothèse. Sur la photo: Khembro avec le kiné Sudan au National Disabled Fund/ Nirmala, 8, and Khembro, 7, were injured during the earthquake and lost her leg (see testimony). They were both amputated and follow, since some months, rehabilitation sessions with HI. They are very close and Nirmala helps Khembro to find back confidence and motivation. They will receive soon a prosthesis (in the pic: Khembro in the National Disabled Fund rehab center with Sudan physiotherapist)

As a matter of fact, one of the Foundation’s prerogatives within Handicap International global network is to thought out the non-profit association’s actions from an ethical point of view.

The Foundation is indeed conceived as a think tank, and reflects on the political and ethical issues faced by the federal network actors: the Federation, with its different action divisions, or the National Associations, like Handicap International – Switzerland. As such, it explores avenues of relection and monitors all pertinent legislative, ethical or political changes likely to impact Handicap International global network.

Created in June 2014, and registered as a Swiss Foundation since August 2015, Handicap International Foundation is also consulted on questions related to the Federation’s values and principles as well as the evolution of Handicap International’s mission and scope of action. On that account, the Foundation contributes to the foundations of the action and raison d’être of Handicap International as a whole.

The Foundation also provides for the sharing of the association’s history, for the sharing of experiences amongst its various staff members or for the sharing of knowledge between Handicap International and relevant stakeholders involved in either Humanitarian Law and the likes, or in ethics.

To this end, the Foundation strategically monitors major influences and trends in international solidarity work and their actual or potential impacts on the actions of Handicap International federal network. The Foundation also participates in debates on cross-cutting issues related to humanitarian action with the aim of positively influencing thinking and/or action at the international scale.

Another way of providing for such sharing of knowledge is to facilitate research and studies within the field of politics, ethics and Public International Law. To this end, the Foundation works in collaboration with other NGOs or Foundations in order to publish well thought-out analyses.

In addition, the Foundation can be solicited to strengthen the cohesion and identity of the Federal network, and to enhance its influence. With this in mind, the Foundation was voluntarily set up in Geneva to benefit from the city’s effervescence.

To learn more about the Foundation, its aim and actions or to meet its staff members, feel free to stop by on Thursday April 7th, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm at the newly inaugurated Opéra des Nations, place des Nations, in Geneva. Short visual and oral presentations will be given, goodies distributed and Dr. Hugo Slim, Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross, will delivered a keynote speech on the importance of reflecting on humanitarian action, especially from an ethical point of view.

 

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