Strengthening the humanitarian and international development sector worldwide

Award-winning capacity building training for humanitarian professionals

We are the first ever humanitarian organisation to gain the Princess Royal training award


Our World Impact

We have trained 2180 professionals from 43 countries. Have a look at a selection of our impact:


Please note: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, visitors are allowed to our offices on an appointment only basis and must bring their own face mask or covering when entering the premises.

How HAD is responding to COVID-19?

HAD is currently implementing an essential and important project aimed at building the capacity of Iraqi, Syrian and Yemeni NGOs to adapt to the current COVID-19 context. Local NGOs from these three countries will be provided remote training and mentoring to adjust to the COVID-19 crisis in order to be able to carry out their indispensable work and build their capacity to become COVID-19 responders in their local contexts.

Our Story

Strengthening the humanitarian and
international development sector worldwide

Initially established in 2013 as the leadership and development arm of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) is now a centre of global excellence, serving the leadership, programmes and talent development needs of the international development and humanitarian sector.

Through innovative training, cutting-edge applied programmes and leadership development, we build the capacity of practitioners and professionals in NGOs, relief and development aid agencies. HAD equips its clients with the necessary tools and training to continue providing life-saving professional assistance in the humanitarian and development sector.

We help organisations become stronger by providing training for humanitarian professionals, strengthening leadership, governance and financial management to maximise frontline effectiveness, thereby aiding their transformation into more robust and sustainable organisations. Post-training, our clients are then able to withstand various internal and external challenges prevalent within the sector.

We are the first ever humanitarian organisation to gain the Princess Royal training award.

Learning &

Developing and delivering training courses tailored for the development and humanitarian sector worldwide. Learning and Development deliver humanitarian training, general training and tailored consultancy.


Developing, orchestrating and managing high quality, essential and needed capacity and organisational development programmes to civil society and local non-government organisations on the front-lines, engaged in and delivering multi- sectoral humanitarian interventions.


We engage, train and develop humanitarian talent through experiential learning. We do this through our internship programme, graduate scheme and global internship programme.

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Meet our Interns

Through our various talent development internship schemes we’ve built the capacity of some amazing future humanitarians and become a part of their success stories. Some of our interns moved on to play vital roles within the international development and humanitarian sector, and some have even landing a role here at HAD!

Meet our interns and hear first-hand what our internship schemes are all about.

Internship vacancies
Marketing Assistant

Marketing Assistant


Programmes Support

Programmes Support


Latest Impact

Action on climate change and consumption


Rebuilding Syria: 2018


Keeping Faith in 2030


Train The Trainer (TTT)


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International Women’s Day Workshop

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Muslim Charity Best Practice Forum

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Muslim Charity Best Practice Forum

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