Middle East Centre

Opened in 2017

Director: Mohamad Al Asmar
Location: Amman, Jordan
Contact: middleeast@humanitarian.academy

About the Centre

The Middle East region is suffering from extraordinary levels of human suffering and vulnerability, resulting in particular from the ongoing conflict in Syria, in addition to ongoing conflicts and instability in Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Palestine and Sudan.  The humanitarian situation in Syria remains volatile;  after more than five years of conflict, there are over four million Syrian refugees in the region and counting according to the UNHCR.  Elsewhere, violence and instability are triggering new waves of displacement. Millions of people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, and protracted crises and massive displacement of populations are also resulting in a significant strain on host communities in the region.


The Middle East Academy Centre will support local humanitarian actors and improve the access to, and quality of humanitarian knowledge and learning. The Centre will achieve this through supporting local organisations and communities to overcome capacity barriers to their role as leaders in humanitarian and development action in the Middle East.

Guiding Principle

The Middle East Academy Centre will always keep crisis-affected people and communities at the centre of everything it does.


Middle East Kaya Courses

Kaya -Core Humanitarian Standard

Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standard (Arabic)

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (the CHS) tells organisations and individuals how to ensure they deliver quality, effective and accountable humanitarian responses.

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Sphere for Managers (Arabic)

This e-learning course provides a snapshot of the benefits and application of the Sphere Handbook and how to integrate Sphere into your organisation.

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The Sphere Handbook in Action (Arabic)

This e-learning course aims to strengthen the effective use of the Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

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“This joint workshop will comprise the necessary groundwork for enhancing the skills and knowledge of organisations and individuals working in humanitarian response. The Global Health Institute, in coordination with other health units at the American University of Beirut and the region, is looking forward to working with the Academy to support that goal.”

Dr. Shadi Saleh, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs at the American University of Beirut and Founding Director of the Global Health Institute

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“This partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy provides an invaluable opportunity for both organisations to provide Training of Trainers for humanitarians in order to strengthen their capacities in Arabic.”

HE. Mr. Al Mufleh – Secretary General of Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation

Partners in the Middle East

Middle East Centre News Feed

Meet the Middle East Centre Team