Saudi Labor Ministry to deploy 300,000 volunteers under NTP 2020

Updated 21 March 2017
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Saudi Labor Ministry to deploy 300,000 volunteers under NTP 2020

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) plans to deploy 300,000 volunteers by 2020 in the non-profit sector.
The ministry announced its program through the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 to establish volunteer departments in 200 non-profit entities by institutionalizing voluntary work, which will generate 200 job opportunities for project managers.
The move affects charitable entities, foundations, neighborhood centers and cooperative offices.
The NTP is considered a step toward realizing Saudi Vision 2030 as it formulates the roadmap for the Saudi economy and growth.
The ministry recently unveiled initiatives, which is conducted in partnership with the Council of Economic Affairs and Development and another 18 government entities. A total of 755 initiatives focus on economic and social development issues among others. They are expected to take the Kingdom into the digital age, enhancing public-private partnership (PPP), creating job opportunities and expanding local content.
The ministry is planning to increase the number of volunteers from 24,500 in 2015 to 300,000 by 2020. They will be trained and supervised to spread awareness of philanthropic work, and expand the social and economic impact on society.
The ministry is working on unifying volunteering regulations and instructions. The ministry will also develop the “Haroon program” that combines professional volunteers and experts from specialized organizations to carry out projects with the aim of meeting the specific needs of volunteering.


FaceOf: Shoura Council member Lina Khaled Almaeena

Lina Khaled Almaeena
Updated 21 April 2018
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FaceOf: Shoura Council member Lina Khaled Almaeena

  • Almaeena began her career as a writer and a journalist
  • Almaeena was appointed as a Shoura member in 2016 by King Salman

Lina Khaled Almaeena is Shoura Council member, businesswoman and philanthropist. She was born in Jeddah. She holds a BA in communications from George Mason University in Virginia and a master’s in psychology from the American University in London.

Almaeena began her career as a writer and a journalist. She participated in writing programs for Saudi radio and wrote for Almadinah newspaper.

The Shoura member, an avid sports lover, has been trying to encourage Saudi women’s involvement in the sports sector since her return to the Kingdom in 2000.

She founded Jeddah United, Saudi Arabia’s first private female basketball club, in 2003 and has since established a private company to run sports events and expand the sports scene in Saudi Arabia.

In 2004, she was selected to address the French Senate on International Women’s Day.

Almaeena is a member of the Young Saudi Business Committee and Sports Investment Committee in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kingdom Young Business Women Council.

She was 71st on a list of the 200 Most Powerful Women in the Middle East by Forbes Magazine in 2014. She also won the entrepreneurship award at the Women Leaders Forum in 2010 and is one of the few Saudi women to have climbed Mount Everest.

Almaeena was appointed as a Shoura member in 2016 by King Salman, charged with advising the Cabinet on legislation.

She is a supporter of women entering football stadiums and being more involved with sports.

Earlier, she said: “It’s not simply about the empowerment of women in sports from an athletic point of view. I’m also looking at it from an economic perspective.”

“It’s a golden age for Saudis and, as women, we’ve come a long way. We’re living in an era of historical change, and we’re making up for lost time.”