Humana People to People

Humana People to People

Our History

our history

The first Humana People to People organization was founded in Denmark in 1977. The first aid was given to Zimbabwean refugees in camps in Mozambique and the first development projects were established in Zimbabwe in 1980. Since then, the Humana People to People Movement has grown to 32 national associations working in 43 countries worldwide.

Humana People to People works with long-term sustainable development programs in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Humana People to People organizations started to cooperate formally in 1989.

In 1996, they decided to establish the Federation for Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement (the Federation) and construct an international headquarters located in Zimbabwe. 

The Humana People to People movement was born out of a common desire to fight against colonialism in the 1970s. When remaining countries of southern Africa won their independence and apartheid was abolished, those within the movement wanted to contribute to supporting development, building new societies and empowering people to take control of their lives.  

As the movement grew, members within it cooperated informally, collecting local experiences at the grassroots level and setting up affiliated associations. In 1996, the then 16 existing members formed a united Federation to support their endeavours and strengthen global cooperation. In October 2003, The Federation for National Associations connected to the International Humana People to People Movement was founded. 

Based in Geneva, the Federation was formally established by Planet Aid, USA, ADPP Angola and ADPP Mozambique. These founding associations are still members of the Federation today.  Our International Headquarters is situated in Zimbabwe, 85km outside of the capital Harare. Today, the 31 member associations are independent national charitable organisations that work in 45 countries across five continents including Europe and the USA. In 2016, these associations reached approximately 16 million people in over 1,000 smaller and bigger development projects. .