Launched in 1991, HRF seeks to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and developmental programmes, supporting them to build a better life and find their own solutions to global problems.
Human Relief Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. The foundation is internationally recognised and in April 2003 was granted Special Consulative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
HRF is a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and has a partnership agreement with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). It is also a member of the British Overseas National Development Forum (BOND).