Dhul Hijjah: Our 10 Best Days


What is Dhul Hijjah? The month of Dhul Hijjah is one of the holiest periods of the Islamic year. A month of increased spirituality, we witness two very special events which are Hajj and Eid ul Adha. These two events are devotion to Allah (SWT). Many people don’t know that the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are better than all other days of the year including the days of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” (Bukhari), meaning the (first) ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. [...]

Dhul Hijjah: Our 10 Best Days2022-06-30T12:19:26+00:00

International Women’s Day 2021


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for hastening gender equality. Important action is seen all over the world, as groups unite to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. This year, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. This stems from women challenging themselves to do things society claims they cannot. It is said, a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge always comes change. What is the history of International Women’s Day? International [...]

International Women’s Day 20212021-03-16T09:15:16+00:00

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation


Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the ritual of cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The practice is found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and within communities worldwide where FGM is a common practice. It is estimated that more than 200 million women and girls worldwide have endured FGM and around 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every single year. The majority of these girls will experience this before they turn 15 years old. In response to this, the United Nations have dedicated a whole day on the 6th February 2021 called [...]

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation2023-05-31T14:22:18+00:00

Building the capacity of Local NGOs in Yemen


Building the capacity of Local NGOs in Yemen         Using our experience of delivering capacity building projects in conflict affected areas, HAD has recently begun implementation of a capacity development project in South Yemen.  The project will target LNGOs based in South Yemen and aim to provide capacity building services through the delivery of training and mentoring programmes in the areas of strategic planning and management, programme management and quality, donor relations and partnerships and financial management. As a result of the current COVID context, all the training will be conducted virtually at this stage. A key part [...]

Building the capacity of Local NGOs in Yemen2023-07-06T09:52:32+00:00

Remote capacity building of Iraqi, Syrian & Yemeni NGOs to adapt to the COVID-19 context


Remote capacity building of Iraqi, Syrian & Yemeni NGOs to adapt to the COVID-19 context The Programmes Department at the Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) has recently completed a project which aimed to build the capacity of LNGOs in three countries to adapt to the challenging COVID-19 context. The implementation of the project resulted in capacity building of 27 NGOs across the three countries, with 335 staff engaging in the coaching/mentoring, 117 capacity building activities and 246 days of mentoring and coaching. The scope of the project was itself significant, particularly considering the short time scale of the project, but more [...]

Remote capacity building of Iraqi, Syrian & Yemeni NGOs to adapt to the COVID-19 context2020-12-15T12:48:44+00:00

Digital Activism: The Good, the Bad, the Future


  Digital activism has transformed the way events, protests and movements are organised, helping to mobilise supporters and raise awareness of a diverse range of causes. But critics argue that people can feel like they’re making a difference, when in reality they’ve done very little. What is Digital Activism? Digital Activism is when digital tools such as the internet, social media, email and mobile phones are used for mobilisation, political action and to incite change. It has existed in some form or another since the 1990s and has continued to grow with the advent of Web 2.0 and the social media [...]

Digital Activism: The Good, the Bad, the Future2023-05-21T13:38:04+00:00

4 Ways Coronavirus Could Change the World


June 10, 2020 4 Ways Coronavirus Could Change the World Coronavirus has changed the world. You only need to turn on the news or even look out the window to witness this. But with no vaccine yet, how much of this is set to stay? And what cultural changes will come about from this new way of life? Below are four ways coronavirus could change the world. 1. Technology and cultural changes Since the virus hit, many ways in which we do things have already begun to change. Nations are reacting quick and adapting to a new, altered way of living, [...]

4 Ways Coronavirus Could Change the World2020-06-10T08:00:00+00:00

Developing a Theory of Change Mindset


“Theory of change is an on-going process of reflection to explore change and how it happens - and what that means for the part we play in a particular context, sector and/or group of people” (Comic Relief) Thinking about Theory of Change (TOC) can often conjure up images of complex and complicated drawings, lines stretching across the page making connections across multiple areas, and generally looking like an indecipherable secret message. However, it should not be that complicated or confusing. The purpose of a good TOC is for anyone, from any organisation to be able to look at your visualisation and [...]

Developing a Theory of Change Mindset2020-06-04T08:00:00+00:00

HAD Recommends: 5 Ways to Fundraise During COVID-19


As the world went into lockdown to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many NGOs and charities had to cancel their fundraising activities to abide by social distancing rules. However, there are still opportunities for fundraising, we just need to adapt and be creative! Here are 5 ways to fundraise during COVID-19. 1. Adapt planned events While traditional fundraising events, such as marathons or coffee mornings, are no longer allowed, it doesn’t mean they can’t be adapted for fundraising during COVID-19. Coffee mornings could be held online! Invite people to a Zoom meeting for a cuppa and chat. It could be [...]

HAD Recommends: 5 Ways to Fundraise During COVID-192020-06-02T08:00:00+00:00

Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-19


In this blog, Research and Development Officer Dr Vanessa Malila, explores the importance and complexity of research ethics during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Humanities and social science researchers play a crucial role in epidemic preparedness and response. Their studies provide insight into the social context of outbreaks. This knowledge can help us to adapt and improve our response to outbreaks.” (Joao Rangel de Almeida) The current global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for rapid and responsive clinical, scientific and health research. What has taken a back seat in the response to COVID-19 has been development research and [...]

Development Research Ethics in the time of COVID-192020-05-22T15:47:00+00:00
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