The Hay Institute was founded by a group of international development, foreign policy professionals, and academicians in 2016 in the Washington D.C. area. The name of the institute comes from an Arabic word 'Hay' [hayy] [حَيّ] which means the status of being fully alive or anything with life. The Hay Institute, however, is not a regional or sectoral organization and covers specific thematic areas in the U.S. and abroad. The Hay institute is not affiliated with or funded by any government, political party, or partisan institution and aims to maintain this approach moving forward. 


The Hay Institute is a Tax Exempt 501 (c) 3 nonprofit nonpartisan think tank organization founded with the mission of promoting discussion of Human Security around the world. The Hay Institute seeks to elevate the quality and visibility of this discussion under three thematic areas:

1. Trauma and Post-Traumatic syndromes for both combatants and noncombatants,
2. Beneficiary-centered international aid that emphasizes local accountability and sustainability,
3. Policy-making through a human security lens, including those affecting people both at home and abroad.

We encourage discussions based on factual knowledge and analytic rigor. To achieve its mission, the Hay Institute warmly considers contributions and partnerships from and with any individual, group, and institution to the extent that it is aligned with our mission. We seek to uphold nonpartisanship and professionalism in all discussions. The Hay Institute aims to create an environment where participants have a platform to execute their innovative ideas in different formats. We aim to train a cadre of professionals whose skills and knowledge are honed based on the human security approach. 


We seek to build a bridge between those with differing views to reach a deeper understanding of human security issues and to create a generation of experts and policy-makers who deploy a human security lens in their analysis of politics.

What Are Trauma and Post-Traumatic Syndromes

Trauma often results after a person has experienced or witnessed a terrifying or shocking event in which serious physical and/or emotional harm occurs or is threatened against them. Trauma can result from events including a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, a war, or natural disaster. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horrors. Both civilians and combatants experience PTSD. It can significantly and negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers. A smaller number of individuals who went through traumatic experiences, however, express different categories of post-traumatic syndromes such as Post-Traumatic Growth Syndrome which can include extraordinary feelings of mental strength and capability.