In 1998, some senior HR people from the UN System and the International Financial Institutions got together to brainstorm what to do about the status and practice of the management of human resources in both international governmental and international non-governmental organizations.

While these organizations were increasingly investing in training and development for their staff, those who had to oversee the management of people were often left out. They also noted that a number of companies were selling off-the-shelf training programs that were expensive and not always very adequate for their organizations’ unique circumstances.

Looking at other professional human resources management associations, they noted that these generally focused on the private sector and were ethno-centric, largely driven by an Anglo-Saxon vision of the world. In other words, they were not really international, even when this word was contained in their name.

Thus, AHRMIO was conceived as a truly international association with a focus on the management of people that would reflect in its membership and activities the unique characteristics of international not-for-profit organizations.

  • Jan 4, 2018


    It started with only some twenty organizations.
    It now numbers nearly seventy and it always seeks to improve and serve its membership better

  • Feb 13, 2018


    First AHRMIO conference
    Hosted by International Labour Organisation in Geneva

  • Feb 13, 2018


    AHRMIO's first training program
    Hosted by the World Health Organisation in Geneva on Developing Change Capabilities for HR Professionals

  • Feb 13, 2018


    First academic partner
    Wharton Business School hosted the 2007 AHRMIO conference

  • Jan 4, 2018


    First AHRMIO conference in Africa
    Hosted by the African Development Bank in Tunis

  • Jan 4, 2018


    Partnership agreement with EFMD GN
    AHRMIO entered into a partnership agreement with EFMD GN to further develop, diversify and enhance its offering to the membership