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About HAD

"Our mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of the humanitarian and international development sector through capacity building, applied research and leadership development."

An international NGO with a reach of over 40 field offices

Initially established in 2013 as the learning and development arm of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) is now a centre of global excellence, serving the leadership, research and talent development needs of the international development and humanitarian sector. HAD are the link between the humanitarian sector and beneficiaries- which aims to empower humanitarians in order to be more effective in their services to beneficiaries. 

We work with Charities, NGOs, CSOs, academic institutions and other like-minded individuals and organisations to critically examine experiences from the field and impart this knowledge through training and research whilst supporting upcoming humanitarian professionals.

Our Aims


To support organisational development of frontline NGOs and CSOs through our award-winning training, capacity building and leadership development. 

Develop future and current humanitarian leaders through innovative talent development programmes.

Increase the effectiveness of the development sector by delivering real-world research, best practices and integrating faith perspectives on programmes

Enhance HAD’s impact through strategic partnerships by building partnerships with CSOs locally and institutionalising HADs relationships with universities and research institutes. 

Strategic Partners

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