Tata-Dhan Academy, the Development Management school, is the result of partnership between DHAN Foundation and Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), Mumbai. The Academy was begun in December 2000 and aims at becoming a Centre of Excellence in Development Management. The core purposes of the Academy are inducting and grooming fresh graduates as Development Professionals through specially designed programmes, and building capacity of the development practitioners. The key activities taken up by the Academy are:
- A two-year post graduate programme in development management (PDM) for building development professionals with high quality techno-managerial competence supported by appropriate motivations, values and attitudes to work with people, particularly the disadvantaged.
- A number of short duration management development programmes such as Social Development Research Capacity Building (SDRC), Leadership Development (LEAD), Future Search for NGOs, Advanced Reflective Training on upscaling Microfinance (ART), Micro insurance and Development Management Appreciation Programme (DMAP) for the NGO staff, academicians, researchers and government agencies.
- Researches for generating case studies and teaching materials are coordinated by the Faculty members and supported by Research Associates.
- ‘Advanced Centre for Skill and Knowledge on Mutual Insurance (ASKMI)’ promoted in the Academy works for advancing the practice of micro insurance; and ‘Advanced Centre for Enabling Disaster Risk Reduction (ACEDRR)’ works on enhancing the knowledge and practice on disaster risk reduction. These centres take up researches, pilot projects, training and education, documentation and publication, networking and consultancy, and policy advocacy in the respective fields.