Until 2018, HI was working to improve the participation and representation of people with disabilities in local political life. In order to achieve this, the organisation trained disabled people's organisation to become key actors in this fight and to provide civic education sessions for people with disabilities and their families. It provided both technical (management, governance, administration, training in civic education etc.) and financial support. It also raised the awareness of the general public and local actors regarding how to better take into account people with disabilities in the electoral process.
The organisation also promoted the inclusion of the most vulnerable people including people with disabilities in the programmes deployed by humanitarian organisations to respond to the famine in West Africa. It trained community volunteers in supporting malnourished children, in particular in stimulative physical therapy. It detected the barriers to inclusion and raised humanitarian organisations' awareness of this issue and didentifies children with disabilities, or suffering from undernutrition or developmental delay.
HI now implements two projects in the field of protection, psychosocial support and mental health targeting internally displaced people and supports humanitarian actors to develop their capacities on including persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. The projects are implemented in Somalia and Somaliland (self-declared independent republic)