KSrelief carries out 248 humanitarian projects in 38 countries, Al-Rabeeah tells officials in Rome

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah
Updated 21 November 2017

KSrelief carries out 248 humanitarian projects in 38 countries, Al-Rabeeah tells officials in Rome

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), on Sunday told senior officials in Rome that his center has implemented 248 humanitarian projects in 38 countries, foremost of which is Yemen.

Al-Rabeeah, who is also an adviser to the Royal Court, made the statement during his discussions with the secretary-general of the Defense and National Armaments Directorate, Italian Ministry of Defense, Lt. Gen. Carlo Magrassi.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed means of cooperation between the Kingdom and Italy in relief and humanitarian endeavors.

During the past three days, Al-Rabeeah and his team met a number of officials in Rome to apprise them of the humanitarian services carried out by his center.

He also met with David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program (WFP) in the presence of Chargé d’Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Rome Faisal Al-Qahtani, also permanent Saudi representative to the FAO.

During a high-level meeting on “Partnering for a Sustainable Peace in Yemen,” which was held on Friday in Rome, Al-Rabeeah, said that Yemen’s air and sea ports under the control of the legitimate Yemen government were now open, and that in order to maximize the delivery of humanitarian supplies, Saudi Arabia is ready to offer its Jazan sea port and land ports of entry for use by humanitarian convoys.

He also condemned Houthi militia aggressions against UN and international humanitarian organizations and their workers. These violations of international law include the confiscation of aid and acts of violence against people and property.

Al-Rabeeah added that between 2015 and 2017, more than 16 acts of Houthi militia aggression were documented against humanitarian workers, including killing, kidnapping, closing humanitarian organization offices and hindering the movement of humanitarian supplies to targeted beneficiaries.

Houthi militias have stopped and/or confiscated 65 ships, 124 humanitarian convoys, and 628 trucks – clear violations of international humanitarian law and all UN resolutions.

He also pointed out that despite all the challenges, blockades and threats against KSrelief’s operations and staff in Yemen, the center continues to provide aid to the Yemeni people in all regions while trying its best to lessen the humanitarian crisis. He provided more details on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to support Yemen between 2015 and 2017 in which the Kingdom has donated $8.27 billion to support humanitarian needs, national development, and the Central Bank of Yemen.

He further stressed that all UN and human rights resolutions prohibit the use of children in armed conflict, and that, unfortunately, the Houthi coup has used more than 20,000 children for such purposes, according to human rights reports.

KSrelief has begun an innovative program to rehabilitate child soldiers, beginning with 2,000 children in a project that includes psychological, educational, and social support services for the children and their families.

KSrelief has also led the fight against the cholera epidemic in Yemen by supporting the Yemeni Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO, with more than $76 million. These efforts have resulted in a decline of the epidemic, achieving a recovery rate of 99.5 percent of identified cases.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah called upon all UN and international organizations working in Yemen to establish field offices in several regions of Yemen and not to depend upon offices in a single city to carry out their humanitarian programs. This diversification will support both neutrality and impartiality.


Misk Global Forum discusses change in the workplace

Updated 13 min 39 sec ago

Misk Global Forum discusses change in the workplace

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum began its second day on Wednesday with a session titled “Dinosaur or future-fit? Careers in a post-job era.”

The session discussed the evolution of change in the workplace. Panelists included Dr. Badr Al-Badr, CEO of the Misk Foundation; Princess Aljohara Al-Saud, partner at Henning Larsen studio; Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation; and Ezequiel da Rosa, CEO and founder of Piipee.

Princess Aljohara, one of the first Saudi female architects, discussed the hardships she faced when she first started working.

“Few organizations at that time had women in their offices,” she said. Undeterred, she “saw an opportunity and grabbed it.”

She said: “I progressed and started as a junior architect. My skills and machines gradually developed and I became a business development manager in Saudi Arabia.”

Al-Badr said “many organizations,” including the Misk Foundation and the Saudi Education Ministry, “are focusing on reskilling and retooling.”

He added that the ministry is working to amend the curriculum to better suit the labor market.

But he urged youths to be proactive about acquiring skills. “Take charge of your career. Don’t wait for the education system to be fixed,” Al-Badr added.

He said: “The current careers are very different from the ones of the previous generation,” adding that “the careers of our children will significantly differ from the current careers.”

He stressed the need to improve personal skills, as traditional universities have always focused on technical skills, while personal skills come at a secondary level.

Al-Badr pointed out that personal skills are represented in work ethics, presentation skills, speaking skills and emotional intelligence, adding that some universities have started teaching them. Misk has also designed specialized programs to enhance those skills.

He called on students to take the initiative and not wait until universities change their curricula and correct the educational system. He pointed out that there are many places to acquire these skills, whether through Misk’s programs, or the internet, in addition to many government programs that enhance the personal skills of entrepreneurs, freelancers, or even traditionalists.

Al-Badr explained that many organizations, including Misk, are focusing on reteaching skills and tools, pointing out that the Ministry of Education is relaunching new curricula. He also discussed partnerships between universities and major companies for the formulation of courses that best suit the labor market and workplaces.

Ugochukwu said: “One thing that computers and AI (artificial intelligence) can’t do is show compassion. It’s what people have, and that’s what’s critical in the future.”

She said her foundation has trained over 10,000 African entrepreneurs. “The key word is training, training, training,” she added.

“We have a strong emphasis on leveraging technology. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is on its way, and Africa sure doesn’t want to miss it.” A huge part of entrepreneurship is to “create a solution that doesn’t exist,” Ugochukwu said.  To her, entrepreneurship is not “about starting a business.” Rather, it is a “mindset of doing it in the best possible way.”

She added: “Every human being has an innate talent that’s unique to them. We must tap into that talent to see outstanding achievement.”

Da Rosa, who has been an entrepreneur since the age of 16, said: “The most important thing is to make people happy and help them achieve their dreams. If you do that, you have a team.”

He added: “The point of being an entrepreneur is to do and to move. I think everyone here can do something and change something.”