UAE disburses Dhs7.74bn in foreign aid in 2011
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, September 29 - 2012 at 13:17
- PRESS RELEASE
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi and President of OCFA, praised the vision of the national leadership, represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for its constant support for foreign aid programmes and initiatives.
According to the UAE Foreign Aid Report 2011, the UAE disbursed a total of Dhs7.74bn '$2.11bn' of foreign aid benefiting 128 countries across the world, and committed Dhs674.9m '$183.7m' in 2011.
The report, released by UAE Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid 'OCFA', shows a significant increase in the total amount of disbursements over the previous 2 years.
UAE Foreign Aid 2011, the third annual report on the UAE's humanitarian, development and charitable aid to other countries, draws together a huge range of facts and figures to give readers a clear picture of the UAE's foreign aid. It is comprised of data from 34 UAE donor organizations, including the UAE government, foundations, the private sector and NGOs.
Speaking about the report, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed, said, "Our development initiatives in countries across the world have played a meaningful role in the creation of valuable infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools and water supply systems, to promote inclusive progress for all the citizens of the countries where we have supported projects. Supporting development is not only about helping fund new infrastructure, it is also about contributing to individual wellbeing and advancement."
HH Sheikh Hamdan praised the efforts made by the UAE donor organizations for the continuous assistance they offer to help the most neglected members of society by providing shelter, food, and education to orphaned and deprived children to help them strive for a better life, and the efforts made by the people of the UAE whose generosity and concern for the welfare of those less fortunate have helped confirm the nation's commitment to its aid initiatives around the world.
He also acknowledged the constructive cooperation with the UAE Office for Coordination of Foreign Aid, and for providing the office with their foreign aid records for 2011.
This report offers considerably more detailed information about the major programmes of each donor organization than in previous years. Information about the geographical spread of the UAE's aid is provided in a new format, with focus countries presented in a regional context; and the 2011 data is compared with the figures for 2009 and 2010.
The report also offers more detailed analysis of how the donor organizations deliver their aid. The distinction between multilateral and bilateral is replaced by six types of assistance identifying those organizations that deliver directly to recipient governments, or work through partnerships or contracts with other organizations.
UAE donor organizations have collectively disbursed Dhs7.74bn in 2011 towards building schools and hospitals, roads and bridges, supporting extensive immunization programmes, providing much-needed humanitarian relief to regions that suffered devastating natural disasters and conflict.
The individual countries receiving the most aid were the Sultanate of Oman with Dhs3.68bn, Jordan with Dhs757.5m, and Kazakhstan with Dhs315.9m.
The UAE Government was again the largest donor, giving Dhs5.97bn, more than 77% of total aid, followed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development 'ADFD', which disbursed Dhs782.3m. Dhs6.86bn was disbursed for development projects, an increase of 210.2% over the figure for 2010.
The UAE also responded generously to humanitarian crises, dispatching coordinated UAE Relief Teams to contribute to international efforts to assist those displaced by fighting in Libya, the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa, and thousands of people affected by flooding in Pakistan: overall, Dhs625.3m was spent on humanitarian aid in 2011, an increase of 54.2% over the figure for 2010. A total of Dhs253.1m was devoted to charitable projects, an increase of 36.9% over 2010.
The report also highlights the particular national character of the UAE's aid, with features about the programmes of assistance for orphan children, and the charitable programmes of several donors which support the religious and cultural ties between the people of the UAE and the people of other countries.
By transmitting information to international bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development 'OECD' and the UN Financial Tracking Service 'FTS', UAE Foreign Aid 2011 will also help to further strengthen the UAE's ties with the international aid community and enhance the country's profile as a major global donor in the international aid arena.
The information in this report, and in the reports for 2009 and 2010, can now be freely explored and customized on the Foreign Aid Tracking Service 'FATS', an interactive user-friendly database of UAE foreign aid data from 2009 to 2011.
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