- Endowment earmarked for Kafa’at, Think Science programmes
- His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi: “Our wise leadership stresses importance of youth empowerment in achieving long-term vision of UAE”
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 3 October, 2017: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, today formalised a financial endowment to Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation established by the Government of Abu Dhabi to facilitate public-private funded initiatives to further drive youth welfare efforts across the UAE.
Within the framework of the Fund’s 2017 corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda, the monetary contribution has been allocated to two Emirates Foundation programmes – Kafa’at and Think Science.
His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, and Her Excellency Maitha Al Habsi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining the terms of the collaboration between both parties.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of ADFD, and senior management from both entities attended a ceremony organised at the ADFD headquarters to extend the monetary contribution.
Within the Kafa’at programme, the endowment will support young Emirati nationals in honing their skills and talent towards shaping their careers in the public and private sectors. Meanwhile, leveraging ADFD’s financial contribution, the Think Science programme will encourage and inspire Emirati youth between the ages of 15 and 24 to pursue science as their area of expertise academically with a view to taking up scientific careers.
Highlighting the importance of developing a comprehensive talent pool within the country, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said: “Our wise leadership has stressed the significance of youth empowerment in achieving the long-term strategic vision of the UAE. ADFD is proud to support the translation of the UAE’s national goals into reality.
“Today, we are happy to extend this contribution to Emirates Foundation, well realising the lasting positive effects it will have on generations to come. At ADFD, we firmly believe in the noble mission of the UAE leadership to empower the country’s young people with the skills needed to shape a better tomorrow. As part of this priority, a large percentage of our extensive portfolio is aimed at youth empowerment, career, education, and capacity-building initiatives and programmes.”
On this occasion, Khalifa Al Qubaisi, said: “The Fund’s 2017 CSR agenda fosters a multidimensional strategy that focuses on partnerships with the public sectors in order to boost community development efforts. The agenda has identified youth empowerment and development as the cornerstone for sustainable and socio-economic growth. Today’s collaboration with Emirates Foundation is reflective of this important vision.”
For her part, Maitha Al Habsi commended the financial support from ADFD and the lasting benefits the gesture will have on the UAE’s youth. She explained that Emirates Foundation is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for the nation’s youth through cultivating partnerships and synergies with the private and public sector entities to integrate best practices in youth development.
In August 2017, ADFD allocated a financial contribution to Dar Zayed for Family Care, to purchase laptops for young men and women enrolled at various universities and colleges in the country to support their academic advancement.
Furthermore, in a bid to enhance civic responsibilities, and instil a spirit of social solidarity and volunteerism in the community, ADFD lately launched the ‘My Community’ programme across the Fund’s departments. Leveraging partnerships among local public and private sector companies, ADFD’s employees are tasked with completing 25 hours of volunteering annually.
ADFD, over the last 10 years, has pursued an active CSR agenda and as a result, was ranked among the top five best UAE government organisations at the 2015 edition of the Arab Social Responsibility Awards.