Established in 2013 as the Leadership and Development arm of Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) is now a centre of excellence serving the Leadership, Research and Talent Development needs of the humanitarian sector.

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.


HAD are partners of and supporting Aidex 2019 –  

Truly committed and connected to the World’s Aid & Development Community – AidEx is the leading global humanitarian and development aid event. With a flagship conference and exhibition in Brussels (13-14 November) and a regional conference in Nairobi (11-12 September), AidEx welcomes over 2,500 sector professionals from over 60 countries, high-level speakers and innovative exhibitors.


Areas of operation

Our Mission

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

Our Aim

  • To satisfy the capacity building, knowledge generation and leadership development needs of the Humanitarian Sector.
  • To be a leading global think-tank in the humanitarian sector, with a focus on the developing world.
  • To develop and inspire better humanitarian approaches and solutions through real-world research and best practice that bridges the knowledge and skills gap.
  • To prepare, educate and empower humanitarian actors and policy makers right across the aid sector, contributing to an overall improved impact.
  • To be recognised as a leading authority on Islamic perspectives within humanitarian and development issues.
  • To provide excellent training facilities and services to all our stakeholders, at competitive rates.